UM walk-on safety Nantambu-Akil Fentress nominated for Burlsworth Trophy

Canes senior safety Nantambu-Akil Fentress has been selected as one of 55 nominees for this year’s Burlsworth Trophy, given annually since 2010 to the top player in the country who began his career as a walk-on.

Fentress has started the last five games at safety and ranks sixth on the team with 33 tackles.

“It’s definitely been a blessing,” Fentress said this week of his opportunity to start and be a key contributor. “I guess you can call it delayed gratification. You just have to keep working, control what you can control. Things go from there and you work with it.”

▪ Barring an unexpected setback, it’s looking like Ereck Flowers will be starting at left tackle for the Hurricanes on Saturday.

Coach Al Golden said Flowers ramped up his workload Wednesday and took more reps than he did during Tuesday’s practice. During the 20-minute portion the media was able to watch practice, Flowers was lined up at left tackle with senior Jonathan Feliciano at left guard and freshman Trevor Darling at right tackle.

“Everyday is a step. Hopefully, we’ll have good luck and not have any swelling or setbacks,” Golden said of Flowers. “He’s doing great. He’s getting the best care he can get in college football and just doing what he needs to do.”

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