|David Quessenberry - Burlsworth Trophy Finalist|
Fayetteville, Ark.-----San Jose State University football co-captain and starting offensive left tackle David Quessenberry is one of three finalists for the 2012 Burlsworth Trophy.
The award is given annually to the most outstanding Football Bowl Subdivision player that began his career as a non-scholarship walk-on. Fifty players were nominated for the 2012 Burlsworth Trophy.
Quessenberry is a three-year starter for the #25-BCS ranked Spartans. San Jose State finished the regular season with a 10-2 record. He is anchoring an offensive line for the third highest scoring team in San Jose State history.
San Jose State has put its points on the scoreboard with a passing attack that is the most accurate in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Spartans, mainly with quarterback David Fales, have completed 71.3 percent of their passes for 3,930 yards and a school-record 33 touchdowns.
The 295-pound Quessenberry first joined in 2008 from La Costa Canyon High in Carlsbad, Calif., as a 240-pound tight end/offensive line prospect. After redshirting in 2008 and a 2009 season in which he played primarily as a punt protector, he earned the starting left tackle job and was placed on scholarship prior to the 2010 season opener against defending national champion Alabama.
Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs and Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin join Quessenberry as the finalists. The winner of the 2012 Burlsworth Trophy will be announced Dec. 3 at a banquet in Springdale, Ark., sponsored by the Springdale Rotary Club.
The trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth. Without one Division I scholarship offer, Brandon walked on to the Razorback team in 1994, worked his way to being a three-year starter and was eventually named an All-American in 1998. Burlsworth was selected as the 63rd overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL draft, but was tragically killed in a car accident 11 days later. The Burlsworth Foundation was created in his memory and supports the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children that have limited opportunities.
For more information about the Burlsworth Trophy, visit www.burlsworthtrophy.com.