Moore Nominee for Burlsworth Award

by Clyde Verdin
Moore Nominee for Burlsworth Award

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – LSU junior fullback J.D. Moore was today announced as one of 52 collegiate football players nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy the organization announced on Tuesday.

The Burlsworth Trophy, named after former Arkansas lineman Brandon Burlsworth, is given to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on and has shown outstanding performance on the field.

Moore, a native of Ruston, Louisiana, has played in 21 games in his LSU career, earning six starts during that time as he’s served as an integral part of LSU’s powerful run game. He played in eight games as a freshman, playing in six last season before an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

This year, Moore has been a valuable asset to an LSU ground game that is ranked in the top 20 nationally averaging over 230 yards per game, paced by running backs Leonard Fournette, Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams. Fournette recently broke the LSU single-game rushing mark with 284 yards against Ole Miss, while Guice was the quickest back to 1,000 yards in LSU history and Williams earning his first 100-yard rushing game of his LSU career against Missouri with 130.

Majoring in architecture, Moore began his LSU career as a versatile prospect who trained at tight end in 2013 and most of 2014 before moving to fullback full-time prior to the 2015 season. He has twice been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Three finalists will be chosen for the seventh-annual award, with the winner being announced on Dec. 5 at the Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club.

LSU returns to action on Saturday night, hosting the Alabama Crimson Tide at 7 p.m. on CBS.