Hogs linebacker Grant Morgan a semifinalist for Burlsworth Trophy

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Arkansas linebacker Grant Morgan was announced Tuesday as a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, an award given to the best college football player in the nation who started his career as a walk-on.

Morgan, a super-senior from Greenwood, is third on the team with 67 tackles, a mark that’s also good to tie for 14th in the SEC. Morgan also has five tackles for-loss, three pass break-ups and three quarterback hurries.

Morgan, whose brother Drew was an All-SEC wide receiver at Arkansas from 2013-16 and also started his career with the Razorbacks without a scholarship, led the nation with 111 tackles in 2020. Earlier this year the younger Morgan brother was named a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, also known as the Academic Heisman.

The Burlsworth Trophy was named after former Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, a player who started his career without a Division I scholarship offer but started three years for the Razorbacks on the line and ended his final season as an All-American.

The winner of the award will be announced December 6.