Former Glen Rose football standout Cody Burtscher has already collected a long list of impressive collegiate awards following his senior season at Tarleton State University, and now can claim one more.
Burtscher recently was named as an honorable mention linebacker on the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team.
After leading the Lone Star Conference in tackles in 2016 with 117, Burtscher previously was named as a first-team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association. It marked only the second time that a TSU player had achieved all-America status.
He also performed at an elite level in the classroom, becoming a CoSIDA first-team Academic All-America pick. At Tarleton, Burtscher’s grade-point average is a lofty 3.93 in bio-medical science.
Also as a senior for the Texans, Burtscher earned first-team All-Lone Star Conference and all-region honors. He was LSC Linebacker of the Year, as well as academic all-LSC.
His senior year at GRHS, Burtscher was named as an Associated Press Sports Editors honorable mention all-state selection as a running back, and academic all-state. He was also a defensive standout for the Tigers, at safety.
Burtscher played offense his first two seasons for the Texans before switching to defense, where he continued to excel while learning his new duties at linebacker. For his junior and senior seasons, Burtscher recorded a total of 218 tackles with 15 for a loss and nine quarterback sacks.
Burtscher is still the all-time GRHS leader in rushing yards in a single game (220 in 2011) and single season (1,462 in 2012), as well as rushing touchdowns in a season (20 in 2012) and points scored in a season (182 in 2012)
Burtscher was a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell trophy and the Cliff Harris Award, which recognizes the nation’s top small-college defensive players.