SPRINGDALE (KFSM)--Oklahoma junior quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Burlsworth Trophy for the second straight year. The award, announced Monday morning in Springdale, is given annually to the best college player that began his career as a walk-on. Mayfield beat out two-time finalist and Washington State junior quarterback Luke Falk, along with Northwestern senior wide receiver Austin Carr.
"I'm kind of shocked I won again, I mean those other two guys had great years. I've been able to catch up and watch some of their games and they've had great years. So it's a humbling, humbling experience to be here and win it again. It's just an honor," Mayfield said.
Marty Burlsworth, Brandon's brother said that the award--now in it's seventh year--never diminishes in value. "You're rewarding guys who, like Brandon, worked their way up from nothing. Didn't have a scholarship, weren't really given the benefit of the doubt to begin with so had to prove themselves."
The three finalists bonded over the movie "Greater", the story of former Arkansas walk-on turned All-American Brandon Burlsworth. "It's gonna stick with me forever. It'll be great motivation for the future too, any kind of professional career. Just the kind of man that Brandon was is something to be truly looked up to," said Carr.
"This is one of the greatest awards in college football. Just the story behind it, the kind of person that Brandon was," Falk said.
As Mayfield summed up, "It's about the journey, not just one season. It's about how the journey has put you where you are."
Carr piled up 1,102 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Wildcats. He is also a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to college football's best receiver. Mayfield threw for 3,212 yards, 33 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Falk ranked second in the nation with 3,610 passing yards, 33 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.