Lobo Football: Raymer Nominated for Burlsworth Trophy

Nov. 14, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico senior safety Matt Raymer has been nominated for the 2012 Burlsworth Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding football player in the country who began his career as a walk-on.

Raymer, an Albuquerque native and Manzano High School graduate, is second on the Lobos in tackles with 59, and his 6.6 average per game ranks 20th in the Mountain West. He has five tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and three forced fumbles on the season.

Raymer earned a College Football Performance Award national honorable mention for his play against UNLV on Nov. 3, in which he recorded a team-high nine tackles with a tackle for loss, two forced fumbles and an interception.

Raymer, a civil engineering major, also recently earned CoSIDA District 7 All-Academic Team honors. He is on the list of 50 candidates for the award.

Nominees for the award, which is named after former Arkansas walk-on and All-American offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, must have begun their first season of participation with a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision program without financial aid from their athletic department.

Without one Division I scholarship offer, Burlsworth walked on to the Razorback team in 1994, worked his way to being a three-year starter and was eventually named an All-American in 1998. He was selected as the 63rd overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL draft, but was tragically killed in a car accident 11 days later. The Burlsworth Foundation was created in his memory and supports the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children that have limited opportunities.