Record-setting wide receiver enters his second season as the starting split end . . . difficult to cover because of his size and speed . . . has good hands plus the ability to run after the catch . . . ranks among the nation’s top five wide receivers according to The Sporting News (No. 4) and Lindy’s College Football Annual (No. 5) . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by The Sporting News, Football News, Lindy’s and Athlon Sports College Football . . .
AS A SOPHOMORE: Second-team All-Big Ten pick by the media in 1998 . . . shared the MSU Outstanding Underclass Back Award with tailback Sedrick Irvin and wide receiver Gari Scott . . . started all 12 games at split end and played 302 minutes . . . nearly rewrote the single-season record book in ’98 by leading the Spartans in receptions (65), receiving yards (1,013) and touchdowns (8) . . . finished third in the Big Ten in receiving yards (84.4 per game) and fifth in receptions (5.4 per game) . . . tied Michigan State’s single-season record for TD receptions with a 61-yard scoring pass from Bill Burke in the ’98 season finale vs. Penn State . . . broke MSU’s single-season mark for receptions with seven catches for 96 yards vs. Illinois . . . his 1,013 receiving yards rank as the second-best single-season total in school history . . . had four 100-yard receiving games in ’98, including a season-high 10 catches for 150 yards and a score vs. Purdue . . . had four receptions for 125 yards (31.5 avg.) vs. top-ranked Ohio State . . . hauled in seven passes for 113 yards vs. Indiana, including a 25-yard TD toss from Burke to force a second overtime . . . caught three passes for 109 yards (36.3 avg.) vs. No. 10 Notre Dame, including an 86-yarder from Burke for a touchdown . . . credited with six solo tackles on special teams plus caused a fumble on a kickoff vs. Michigan . . . named Green team’s offensive MVP after catching 13 passes for 198 yards and three TDs in the ’98 spring game . . .
AS A FRESHMAN: Sat out the entire 1997 season for academic reasons . . .
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played for Coach John Shuman at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy in 1996 . . . had 33 receptions for 807 yards (24.5 avg.) and team-leading 12 TDs at Fork Union in ’96 . . . named to at least three prep All-America teams in 1995, including Parade, Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report and The National Recruiting Advisor . . . ranked as the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver by Scholastic Sports . . . earned first-team all-state honors as both a wide receiver and free safety in ’95 . . . caught 22 passes for 590 yards (26.8 avg.) and 16 touchdowns as a senior . . . had eight interceptions to go along with eight blocked punts and four blocked field goals . . . had a season-high seven receptions vs. Princess Anne, with five going for TDs . . . scored the first three times he touched the football in the ’95 season opener vs. Maury (88-yard reverse, blocked punt and blocked field goal) . . . first-team all-state, all-district and All-Tidewater selection as a junior . . . had 20 catches for 496 yards (24.8 avg.) and 14 TDs in ’94 . . . caught 33 passes and scored six TDs as a sophomore . . . three-year starter for Coach Cadillac Harris at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, Va. . . . helped Green Run win three-straight Class AAA titles . . . set school records with 86 career receptions and 38 career TDs . . . also blocked 22 punts during his prep career . . . three-year starter on the basketball team at small forward . . . earned second-team all-state honors as a senior after averaging 19.6 points, 13.2 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 3.1 blocks . . . scored a career-high 38 points vs. Frank Cox . . . averaged 16.3 points and 9.4 rebounds as a junior . . . outstanding track athlete was a national semifinalist in the 400 intermediate hurdles at 52.6 . . . won the state 300 intermediate hurdles title at 37.6 as a senior . . . born Aug. 12, 1977, in Norfolk, Va.
Burress’ Career Statistics
G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD LG 1998 12/12 65 1013 15.6 8 86
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