Nov. 12, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Jake Doughty is one of 53 football players across the country nominated for The Burlsworth Trophy it was announced Tuesday by the Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club.
The Burlsworth Trophy, now in its fourth year, is given annually to the most outstanding senior football player in America who began his career as a walk-on.
For Utah State, Doughty's nomination marks the fourth time in as many years that USU has had a played nominated for The Burlsworth Award joining safety McKade Brady (2012), wide receiver Eric Moats (2011) and defensive lineman Levi Koskan (2010).
Doughty is one of five players from the Mountain West Conference to be nominated for The Burlsworth Trophy along with Colorado State kicker Jared Roberts, Fresno State defensive back Jonathan Norton, San Diego State fullback Chad Young and San Jose State wide receiver Chandler Jones. Doughty is also one of two players from the state of Utah to be nominated along with BYU wide receiver JD Falslev.
Doughty, a 6-0, 234-pound senior linebacker from Draper, Utah (Juan Diego HS) walked-on the Utah State football team during his freshman season in 2009. As a redshirt freshman in 2010, Doughty appeared in all 12 games with one start for the Aggies, and registered 22 tackles to go along with 1.0 tackle for loss.
Doughty was then awarded a scholarship prior to his sophomore season where he appeared in all 13 games and recorded 24 tackles to go along with 3.0 tackles for loss to rank ninth on the team.
As a junior, Doughty started all 13 games and earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors after leading the team, ranking second in the league and tied for 71st in the nation with 109 tackles (8.4 pg). He also recorded 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack during the season, to go along with four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries.
Through 10 games during his senior season, Doughty leads the team with 108 total tackles, while ranking tied for second in tackles for loss (8.5), fourth in sacks (2.0), and tied for first in quarterback hurries (2), while recovering one fumble. Overall, he ranks third in the Mountain West and 10th in the nation with an average of 10.8 tackles per game.
For his career, Doughty ranks 19th all-time in school history with 265 tackles as he has 10 career double-digit tackle outings, including six this season.
The Burlsworth Trophy is named after Brandon Burlsworth who walked on to Arkansas' football team in 1994 without one Division I scholarship offer. At Arkansas, Burlsworth 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.
Utah State (6-4, 5-1 MW) has a bye this week and returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 23 when it hosts Colorado State (5-5, 3-2 MW) in a Mountain West game at 1:30 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221).
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