Nov. 27, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan senior safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay) was named Tuesday (Nov. 27) as one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding football player in America that began his career as a walk-on.
Kovacs joins Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin and San Jose State offensive tackle David Quessenberry as finalists for the award.
Kovacs this season has started 12 games and totaled 65 tackles, 41 solo, five stops for losses, two sacks, one interception, two pass breakups and one forced fumble for a Wolverines defense that ranks second in the NCAA in pass defense (155.2 yards per game allowed), 12th in total defense (311.2 yards per game allowed) and 20th in scoring defense (18.7 points per game allowed).
For his career, the former walk-on has 331 tackles, 26 for losses, seven sacks, five interceptions, six forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered. Kovacs' 331 career tackles rank 12th in U-M history.
Fans are allowed to vote for their favorite player via the AT&T Fan Vote. Voting can be accessed at www.burlsworthtrophy.com and continues with the three finalists. Fans are limited to one vote per day, and the voting will conclude on Dec. 2 at 12 a.m. CST.
The fan vote counts as five percent during each round of voting, and it is combined with the results from the selection committee. Fans can cast their vote for the nation's most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on once per day. Fan vote totals are cleared after each round.
Finalists will be honored and the winner of the 2012 Burlsworth Trophy will be announced Dec. 3 at a banquet in Springdale, Ark., sponsored by the Springdale Rotary Club.
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