Posted: Nov 20, 2013 3:38 PM by Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer
Updated: Nov 20, 2013 4:40 PM
COLUMBIA - Missouri offensive lineman Max Copeland has been named a 2013 Burlsworth Trophy Semi-Finalist. This trophy awards college football's best player that began his career as a walk-on.
The redshirt senior began his collegiate football career as a member of the scout team for three years. Copeland fianlly got to start in 2011 and ended up starting 11 games at right guard. He started throughtout 2012 and also received Team's Unsung Hero Award that year.
This year, Copeland has been a part of a Missouri offensive line that has allowed 17 sacks this year, Which puts Missouri in the top-50 in least sacks allowed in the FBS. Copeland and the offensive lineman has also helped Missouri quarterbacks throw for 2568 yards, 61.5 completion percentage and 25 passing touchdowns. He also helped Missouri's running backs rush for 2358 yards and 26 touchdowns and keeping running back Henry Josey healthy after he suffered a catastrophic knee injury that took him out for the rest of the 2011 season and all of the 2012 season.
The website is currently taking votes for who advances to the final round of voting. People can vote on the award's website.