University of Missouri

Copeland a finalist for Burlsworth Trophy

Updated: 2013-11-27T01:32:34Z

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, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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