Colorado Buffaloes long snapper J.T. Bale was among the nominees for the Burlsworth Trophy recognizing the nation’s best walk-on player in college football, per an announcement on Wednesday.
The award named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, a former University of Arkansas Walk-On and All-American offensive lineman has been given out over the past decade. Each nominee must have begun his first season of participation with FBS football program without financial aid of any kind from his university’s athletic department.
Bale, a 6-foot-2, 215 pound senior from La Mirada, Calif. was an All-Pac-12 recipient last season and was also named to Phil Steele’s All-Conference third-team in the preseason. He has played in all 51 games at CU during his career including the 2016 Alamo Bowl. Bale is also on the watch list for the Patrick Mannelly Award given to the nation best long snapper.
Clear to see why Bale landed at CU. J.T.’s former high school coach Mike Moschetti, the former CU quarterback, lead his hometown La Mirada Matadores to a 9-2 record during Bale’s senior season. The follow year with Bale as a redshirt freshman at CU, Moschetti took LMHS to win a California III-AA state championship.