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Morgan Burnett
Morgan  Burnett
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
College Park, Ga.

High School:
North Clayton

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 210

Position:
Safety

Birthdate:
01/13/1989


Honors
* 2008 First Team All-America (Pro Football Weekly)

* 2008 Second Team All-America (Rivals)

* 2008 Second Team All-America (Sports Illustrated)

* 2008 Second Team All-America (Sporting News)

* 2008 Third Team All-America (Phil Steele)

* 2008 First Team All-ACC (Rivals)

* 2008 First Team All-ACC (ACC Sports Journal)

* 2008 Second Team All-ACC (ACSMA)

* 2008 First Team Sophomore All-America (College Football News)

* 2007 ACC All-Freshman Team (Sporting News)

* 2007 Honorable Mention Freshman All-America (Sporting News)

In The Record Books
* t-4th -- Season interceptions (2008)

* t-13th -- Career interceptions

2008
Emerged as an All-American as a sophomore... named second team All-America by Rivals, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News... a second team All-ACC selection... tied for first nationally in interceptions (7)... his seven INTs were the most by a Tech player since 1991 and ties for the fourth-most single-season INTs in GT history... had more interceptions in 2008 than the entire Tech team had in all of 2007.. has 10 career interceptions -- only four active players in the ACC have more and all four were seniors in `08... recorded double-figure tackles in four games... led the Jackets in tackles (93) and solo tackles (62)... had 24 more tackles than any player on the Tech roster... also had 7.0 tackles-for-loss, a team-high eight pass break-ups and a forced fumble... had two games this season with two interceptions... recorded 14 tackles, nine solo tackles and two tackles-for-loss vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31)... picked off a Matthew Stafford pass and returned it 35 yards for his first career touchdown at Georgia (Nov. 29)... paced the Jackets with seven tackles (six solo), had a tackle-for-loss and a pass break-up vs. No. 23 Miami (Nov. 20)... recorded eight tackles, six solo tackles, a tackle-for-loss and broke up four passes vs. Florida State (Nov. 1)... picked off a Marc Verica pass, recorded 11 tackles, nine solo tackles and had a tackle-for-loss vs. Virginia (Oct. 25)... produced two interceptions, a tackle-for-loss and five total tackles at Clemson (Oct. 18)... had an interception, a pass break-up and five solo tackles vs. Mississippi State (Sept. 20)... recorded a career-high 13 tackles and added a half-tackle-for-loss at Virginia Tech (Sept. 13)... had a team-high 10 tackles, including nine solo tackles, forced a fumble and a pass break-up against Boston College (Sept. 6)... the defensive star of the game in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State (Aug. 28)... picked off two Ryan Perrilloux passes, returning one of them 47 yards... the starter at the Rover position... versatile enough to play any position in the secondary... has very good speed and a nose for the football.

2007
Played in all 13 games and started the Nov. 17 game vs. North Carolina... subbed at safety and came in on the nickel package all season... led the team in interceptions (3)... ranked fifth on the team in tackles (57)... 37 of his 57 tackles were solo... ranked second on the team with seven pass break-ups -- six of which came in the final three games of the season... had 2.5 TFL's and 1.0 sacks... had one fumble recovery for 26 yards in the Nov. 24 Georgia game... made an impressive college debut when he made a bone-crushing sack and had six total tackles in the season opener at Notre Dame (Sept. 1)... had a career-high seven tackles including five solos vs. Boston College (Sept. 15)... recorded his first career interception -- and Tech's first INT of the season -- at Virginia (Sept. 22)... picked off his second pass of the season the following week vs. Clemson (Sept. 29)... his third INT came vs. Army (Oct. 20)... first career start came Nov. 17 vs. North Carolina and responded with five solo tackles, six total and two pass break-ups... had six tackles, a fumble recovery and three pass break-ups vs. Georgia (Nov. 24)... tied

High School
Four-star prospect by Rivals. . . Class AAAA first-team all-state as a senior after earning honorable mention all-state recognition at quarterback as a sophomore . . . Preseason Super 11 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which also put him on its Top 50 in Georgia . . . Also on the Georgia Top 50 list compiled by the Macon Telegraph . . . Member of the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team . . . Four-year starter and three-year team captain for coach Don Shockley at North Clayton High . . . Defensive Player of the Year for Clayton/Henry Counties . . . Made 135 tackles as a senior and and six interceptions including three that he returned for touchdowns . . . Also had 1,100 yards rushing, 875 yards receiving and 650 yards passing . . . Added 101 tackles and five interceptions (one touchdown) as a junior, as well as 950 yards rushing, 800 yards passing and 620 yards receiving.

  • No. 84 player in the nation (Rivals.com)
  • No. 7 safety in the nation (Rival.com)
  • No. 15 defensive back in the nation (SuperPrep)
  • No. 5 overall player in Georgia (SuperPrep)
  • No. 6 overall player in Georgia (Rivals.com)
  • No. 16 overall player in Georgia (Scout.com)
  • Named to the ESPN Top 150
  • PrepStar Dream Team Top 100
  • No. 21 player on the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120

    Personal
    Full name is Morgan Mark Burnett . . . Born January 13, 1989 . . . Parents are Cap and Ellary Burnett.

    Career Statistics
    Year G-GS P-A TKL TFL SCK FC FR INT PB
    2007 13-1 37-20 57 2.5-11 1.0-8 0 1 3-0 1
    2008 13-13 62-31 93 7.0-18 0 1 0 7-95 8
    Career 26-14 99-51 150 9.5-29 1.0-8 1 1 10-95 9