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Race Porter Nominated For Burlsworth Trophy

Nov 2, 2021

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Burlsworth Trophy announced 88 players nominated from Division 1 (FBS) schools from across the country for the 2021 Burlsworth Trophy and included on that list is Washington senior punter Race Porter.

In the award's 12th year, the Trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, former University of Arkansas Walk-On and All-American offensive lineman. Burlsworth's life is also the subject of a major motion picture, "GREATER", which was released in 2016 The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding football player in American who began his career as a walk-on and has shown outstanding performance on the field. Each nominee must have begun his first season of participation with FBS (D1) football program without financial aid of any kind from his university's athletic department.

Porter currently ranks eighth in the nation with a punting average of 47.6 yards per kick. He also serves as the team's holder on all field goal and PAT attempts.

He started out as a walk-on in 2017 but was awarded a scholarship in 2020. For his career, Porter has played in 49 games and been the primary holder since 2018. He took over punting duties full-time in 2020.

The Burlsworth Trophy award ceremony to honor the three finalists and to announce the 2021 winner will on December 6th at 7:00pm CST at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.