Foliart Earns Brandon Burlsworth Scholar-Athle
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former Razorback football player Josh Foliart was recently named the winner of the Brandon Burlsworth Scholar-Athlete Award. Foliart received the award for his academic achievement and community service while competing for the Razorback football program.
The Van Buren, Ark., native lettered in both 2000 and 2001 as a reserve outside linebacker and special teams player. Last season, Foliart appeared in all 12 of Arkansas’ games earning eight tackles including a season high three stops in a win over Mississippi State. He was a regular on the kickoff coverage, kickoff return and punt return units.
A member of the Southeastern Conference Football Academic Honor Roll, Foliart graduated last December with a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology. A three-time recipient of the Lon Farrell Academic Award, Foliart finished his collegiate career with a cumulative 3.22 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Foliart was chosen from a group of athletes who were nominated by their respective head coaches for exemplifying the attributes of scholarship, character and service. The award is given annually to a male and female student-athlete who best exemplifies the attitude and accomplishments of Brandon Burlsworth during his years at the University of Arkansas. The purpose of the award is to emphasize the importance of academics and community service as well as athletic achievement.
The namesake for the Burlsworth Award was Brandon Burlsworth who came to Arkansas as a walk-on on the football team in 1994, earned a scholarship and worked his way up the depth chart before starting 34 consecutive games for the Razorbacks. Burlsworth was selected as an All-American in his senior campaign and was drafted in the third round of the National Football League Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Burlsworth’s life was tragically cut short when he was killed in a car accident only weeks after being drafted by the Colts.
Burlsworth excelled in the classroom as well, earning his bachelor’s degree in marketing management in 1997. He went on to become the first Razorback football player to earn a master’s degree before completing his athletic eligibility in 1998.
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