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Bill Burke
Bill Burke

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Warren, Ohio

High School:
Howland

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 200

Position:
Quarterback

Birthdate:
09/27/1976

Experience:
3L


Southpaw heads into his second season as Michigan State?s starting quarterback . . . already ranks among MSU?s career passing leaders in attempts (eighth at 454), completions (eighth at 243), completion percentage (seventh at .535), yards (eighth at 3,249) and touchdown passes (fourth at 26) . . . has compiled a 7-7 record in 14 career starts . . .

AS A JUNIOR: Presented MSU Tommy Love Award as the team?s most improved offensive player . . . started all 12 games at quarterback in 1998 and played 331.5 minutes . . . sat out three quarters of the Minnesota game and the final three minutes of the Purdue game with a mild concussion . . . completed 195-of-358 passes (.545) for a Spartan single-season record 2,595 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions . . . set a school single-season mark for pass attempts and his 195 pass completions ranked third on the single-season charts . . . his 19 TD passes fell one shy of Ed Smith?s record 20 in 1978 . . . ranked fourth in the Big Ten in passing efficiency (127.3 rating) and total offense (195.2 yards per game) . . . also stood among the NCAA leaders in passing efficiency (39th) and total offense (49th) . . . accounted for 2,342 total yards ? the second-best single-season total in MSU history . . . had a school single-season record seven 200-yard passing games, tying Tony Banks (?95) and Dave Yarema (?86) . . . also became only the third Spartan QB to produce three 300-yard games in a season, joining Banks (?95) and Smith (?78) . . . closed out the ?98 season with four-straight 200-yard games, including 286 vs. Penn State (17-of-44 passing) and 263 vs. Illinois (17-of-28) . . . completed 28-of-40 passes for a career-high 345 yards and three TDs vs. Purdue . . . his 28 pass completions also marked a career best and his 345 passing yards were the fifth-best single-game total in MSU history . . . engineered two fourth-quarter comebacks vs. Ohio State and Indiana . . . threw for 323 yards and a score in MSU?s stunning 28-24 victory over top-ranked Ohio State in Columbus . . . went 4-for-4 for 78 yards on Spartans? 92-yard game-winning drive vs. Ohio State . . . earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time after completing 24-of-37 passes for 324 yards and two TDs in leading MSU to a 38-31 double-overtime victory over Indiana . . . capped a five-play, 87-yard drive with a 12-yard TD strike to Gari Scott then scrambled in from 3 yards out for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 24 with 5:28 left . . . hit Plaxico Burress with a 25-yard TD pass in the right corner of the end zone to tie the score at 31 and force a second overtime . . . connected on 17-of-21 throws for 259 yards vs. Central Michigan and tied the school single-game record with four TD tosses . . . named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after completing 12-of-19 passes for 209 yards and three scores in MSU?s 45-23 win over No. 10 Notre Dame . . .

AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in eight games at quarterback in 1997 . . . completed 23-of-35 passes (.657) for 255 yards, three touchdowns and one interception . . . came off the bench in the fourth quarter vs. Washington in the Aloha Bowl and completed 6-of-10 passes for 76 yards, including a 21-yard TD toss to Lavaile Richardson with :02 left . . . hit 5-of-8 passes for 47 yards vs. Michigan, including a 22-yard TD strike to Sedrick Irvin off a fake field goal in the first quarter . . . went 4-of-5 passing for 24 yards vs. Memphis, including an 8-yard TD toss to Leroy McFadden in the fourth quarter . . . completed all five of his pass attempts for 52 yards in the ?97 season opener vs. Western Michigan . . . played a season-high 21 snaps vs. Western Michigan . . .

AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in eight games at quarterback in 1996, including starts vs. Eastern Michigan and Iowa with Todd Schultz sidelined with a knee injury . . . played 112 minutes, including 62 special teams appearances as a holder . . . completed 25-of-61 pass attempts (.410) for 399 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions . . . came off the bench to hit 4-of-7 passes for 71 yards vs. Stanford in the Sun Bowl . . . completed 12-of-25 passes for 163 yards vs. Iowa, including TD tosses of 22 yards to Nigea Carter and 41 yards to Octavis Long . . . went 8-of-22 passing for a season-high 166 yards in his first collegiate start vs. Eastern Michigan, including TD strikes of 49 and 5 yards to Carter . . .

1995 SEASON: Redshirted . . .

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named Northeast Ohio Division II Player of the Year in 1994 after completing 133-of-272 pass attempts (.489) for 2,015 yards and 20 TDs . . . also selected Trumbull County Player of the Year and second-team All-Ohio as a senior . . . became the first Trumbull County QB ever to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a single season . . . top performance came vs. Niles McKinley when he threw for 340 yards (17 completions) . . . threw for 1,580 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior to earn All-Northeast Ohio honors . . . born Sept. 27, 1976, in Tucson, Ariz.... majoring in merchandising management.

Burke's Career Statistics

Passing

       G/GS   Att.  Comp.  Int.  Pct.  Yds.  TD  LG
1996   8/2    61    25     2    .410   399   4   55
1997   8/0    35    23     1    .657   255   3   26
1998   12/12  358   195    10   .545   2595  19  86
Career 28/14  454   243    13   .535   3249  26  86

Rushing

        Att.  Yds.  Avg.  TD   LG
1996    19   -23   -1.2   0    19
1997    10   -53   -5.3   0    6
1998    65   -253  -3.9   1    10
Career  94   -329  -3.5   1    19 

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