Penn State record-setting quarterback Matt McGloin has been named one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, presented to the nation's outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk-on.
The Burlsworth Trophy was first presented in 2010 in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, a former All-American and walk-on offensive lineman at the University of Arkansas. Burlsworth died in an automobile accident 11 days after being selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the 63rd overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft.
The three finalists will be honored and the winner of the 2012 Burlsworth Trophy will be announced Monday, Dec. 3 at a banquet in Springdale, Ark., sponsored by the Springdale Rotary Club. Fans can vote for McGloin daily via the AT&T Fan Vote at www.burlsworthtrophy.com.
A fifth-year senior, McGloin is joined as a Burlsworth Trophy finalist by safety Jordan Kovacs (Michigan) and tackle David Quessenberry (San Jose State). Fifty players were nominated for the 2012 Burlsworth Trophy.
"Anytime you are nominated for an award that recognizes on-field performance you want to win it," said McGloin. "This award is special because it recognizes how far people have come and their journey to get there. If not for my family, my coaches and teammates at Penn State it wouldn't have been possible to be considered for this honor."
McGloin joined the Nittany Lions in 2008 and has emerged as one of Penn State's most prolific signal-callers in its 126-year history. A starter in 10 games prior to this season, McGloin was named the starting quarterback in June and has flourished in Coach's Bill O'Brien's offense, starting all 12 games this year.
The former West Scranton High School standout broke nine school records and tied another during his strong senior campaign. He was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions win eight of their last 10 games, earning an 8-4 overall record and 6-2 Big Ten mark, finishing second in the Leaders Division.
For the season, McGloin was 270 of 446 (60.5) for 3,266 yards, with 24 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. He also was second on the team with five touchdown runs.
McGloin leads the Big Ten in passing yards (272.2 ypg) by more than 25 yards per game. He also leads the conference in completions (270) and touchdown passes (24) and fewest interceptions among the Big Ten starting signal-callers.