Marshall punter named semifinalist for Burlsworth Trophy

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Marshall University punter Tyler Williams was named as a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy Tuesday.

The Burlsworth Trophy is given annually to the most outstanding football player in the country who began his career as a walk-on.

Williams, who walked on to the Marshall football team for the 2012 season, currently ranks first in school history in punting average with 43.9 yards per attempt over his three-plus seasons.

Of Williams’ 197 career punts, 58 have covered 50 plus yards with 12 exceeding 60 yards.

Williams’ punting prowess isn’t solely attributed to his distance as his ability to pin opponents deep in their own territory has been mentioned as an asset by head coach Doc Holliday on several occasions.

For his career, Williams has placed 66 punts inside the 20-yard line while just 22 have resulted in touchbacks.

In his senior season, Williams has continued his solid production for the Marshall special teams unit.

Williams ranks second in the nation this season in punts downed inside the 20 with 25. He also ranks sixth and ninth nationally in total punt yardage and total punts, respectively.

Fans can cast their votes for who they think should be the finalists for the award at until Sunday at midnight. The award’s three finalists will be announced Tuesday, and the winner of the award will be announced Dec. 7.