Copeland an award finalist
Missouri senior left guard Max Copeland was announced Tuesday a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy as the nation’s top player who started his career as a walk-on.
The other finalists joining Copeland are Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and Tulsa running back Trey Watts.
Copeland, a physics major, is part of an offensive line that ranks 17th in the nation in total offense and 18th in rushing, which helped key No. 5 Missouri’s turnaround season.
Fans can support Copeland’s candidacy through Dec. 4 at burlsworthtrophy.com.
• Officially, junior free safety Duron Singleton remains third on the depth chart at free safety, but Missouri coach Gary Pinkel doesn’t expect Singleton to play Saturday against Texas A&M.
Singleton suffered a hip flexor injury in practice last week. He didn’t travel to Mississippi and is listed as questionable.
“I don’t think he’ll play,” Pinkel said. “He’s got a hip strain of some sort. It’s unfortunate. He wants to play, but I don’t think he’ll play. Other than that, we’re pretty healthy all the way around.”
| Tod Palmer, firstname.lastname@example.org