TCU kicker Griffin Kell was recently nominated for the 2023 Burlsworth Trophy, which is given each year to one outstanding college football player who began his career as walk-on. A fifth-year senior for the Horned Frogs, Kell has converted over 50 field goals and over 150 extra points throughout his career in Fort Worth. The Arlington, Texas native returned for a fifth season at TCU after enjoying a career season in 2022, converting 89.5 percent of his field goals (17-of-19) along with nearly 100 percent of his extra points (62-of-64).
Kell’s 2023 season has been an up-and-down ride, with the talented kicker finishing 0-for-3 on field-goal attempts during TCU’s loss against West Virginia and 3-for-5 on field-goal tries when the Horned Frogs defeated Houston. Kell also missed his lone field-goal attempt in the season-opening loss to Colorado, but he was a perfect 2-for-2 against both Nicholls State and SMU. Kell also went 3-for-3 in TCU’s win over BYU and 1-for-1 at Kansas State.
The Burlsworth Trophy was founded in 2010, with past winners including Stetson Bennett (Georgia), Hunter Renfrow (Clemson) and two-time winner Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma).