Cal safety Ashtyn Davis finishes as finalist for Burlsworth Trophy

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Cal safety and kick returner Ashtyn Davis finished as a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, an annual award honoring the most outstanding college football player in America who began as a walk-on. Davis, a senior, became one of the Bears’ brightest defensive stars the past two seasons, totaling seven interceptions, three fumble recoveries and 108 tackles since 2018. Dane Brugler, an NFL Draft Analyst for the Athletic, ranked Davis as the top senior safety in the 2020 NFL Draft class.

Other finalists for the award included Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, and the winner of the Burlsworth Trophy, Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes. Georgia finished the season ranked fifth in the nation, while Michigan State and Cal remained unranked.

This marks the second year in a row the Bears have had a player nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy. Former Cal running back Patrick Laird received finalist honors in 2018.

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