Senior linebacker Lucas Weber has been named a Burlsworth Trophy nominee for the 2018 season. The award honors outstanding Division I football players that have been walk-ons with their programs.

The award is named after the late Brandon Burlsworth, who was a walk-on at Arkansas and drafted by the Indianapolis Colts 63rd overall in the 1999 NFL draft. He was tragically killed in a car accident just 11 days later.

The Burlsworth Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding football player in America 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 a Division I football program without financial aid of any kind from his university’s athletic department.
 
Weber has taken over one of the starting linebacker spots on the Wolf Pack’s defense and is having his best collegiate season. He currently boasts 35 tackles, four tackles for loss and a sack that went for 10 yards. The Reno, Nev. local also has recorded a pass breakup and a fumble recovery on the year.
 
Against Portland State to open the season, Weber’s first-career start, he posted a career-high 10 tackles. His defense ranks second in the nation with 10 fumble recoveries, eighth in red-zone defense and 12th in team tackles for loss at eight per game.
 
The previous two winners of the Burlsworth Trophy were Washington State quarterback Luke Falk and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.

(University of Nevada)