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Austin Carr named Burlsworth Trophy finalist

The former walk-on has a chance to bring home two honors this winter.

Northwestern v Ohio State Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Austin Carr has been named a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, an annual trophy that honors the most outstanding former walk-on in college football, per a release from the program.

Carr, also a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award to honor the nation’s most outstanding receiver, has been phenomenal this season for the Wildcats, posting a stat line of 75 catches, 1102 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 scores is tied with D’Wayne Bates, and the senior still has at least two games left, and perhaps a third if the Wildcats make it to bowl eligibility.

Carr’s story is nearly as good as his play has been. Under-recruited out of high school as a running back, Carr tried out for and made the team then waited patiently. He didn’t see the field much until his junior year and is now one of the top players in the nation. Off the football field, he sings, is active in Christian life on campus and in the community and is in graduate school.

He is a finalist along with Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and Luke Falk of Washington State. You can vote for Carr here.