AT TECH: All-conference running back who was Tech's leading rusher three his four seasons and finished as the fourth-leading rusher in Georgia Tech history . . . Workhorse in the backfield who played tailback, fullback and one-back . . . Tough, physical runner with good vision . . . Has excellent hands and is a good blocker . . . Elected to forgoe his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft as a fourth-year junior . . . Rushed for 2,634 career yards, trailing only Robert Lavette (4,066), Jerry Mays (3,699) and Eddie Lee Ivery (3,517) in the Tech record book . . . Scored more career touchdowns (34) and rushing touchdowns (31) than any player in Tech history except Lavette (46/45) . . . Also ranked third in career rushing attempts (614) and fourth in 100-yard games (11) . . . Added 74 career receptions (15th in Tech history) for 681 yards . . . The fourth-leading scorer in Tech history with 206 points (34 TD, one 2-PAT) . . . Eighth in all-purpose yards with 3,509.
2001: First-team all-ACC selection as he became just the fifth player in Georgia Tech history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, joining Eddie Lee Ivery, Robert Lavette (twice), Jerry Mays and C.J. Williams . . . Gained 1,165 yards--the fifth-highest season total in school history--on a Tech season-record 282 attempts . . . Third in the ACC with an average of 97.1 yards per game, including 108.4 in conference games . . . Had six 100-yard games . . . Also caught 28 passes for 249 yards . . . Scored 15 touchdowns, including 14 on the ground . . . Led Tech in all-purpose yards with 1,457, an average of 121.4 per game . . . Declared academically ineligible at the conclusion of the fall semester and did not play in the Seattle Bowl.
Named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his performance in Tech's win over North Carolina, when he rushed for a career-best 198 yards on 34 carries . . . That was best single-game rushing total by a Yellow Jacket since 1994 and the ninth-best ever . . . Gained 82 yards in the fourth quarter against the Tar Heels, highlighted by a 51-yard touchdown run that proved to be the difference in Tech's 28-21 victory . . . Second-best game of the season was a 145-yard effort against Wake Forest, including a 14-yard touchdown run, which he set up with a 49-yard jaunt . . . Also topped the century mark against Syracuse (113 yards), Clemson (126), Duke (122) and NC State (114) . . . Scored Tech's only touchdown against the Orangemen and gained 71 of his 113 yards on the Jackets' final clock-consuming drive . . . Caught a career-best six passes for 52 yards against Duke . . . Had a 60-yard reception against Florida State to set up a score and caught five passes for 81 yards in the game . . . Recovered a Tech fumble in the end zone against Maryland and was credited with a touchdown reception.
2000: Honorable mention all-ACC selection who led the Yellow Jackets with 908 yards rushing . . . Had nearly four times as many carries as any other Tech back . . . Ranked fifth in the ACC in rushing (82.5 yards per game) . . . Scored 12 rushing touchdowns . . . Tech's top scorer (13 touchdowns, 78 points) and fourth-leading receiver with 26 catches for 242 yards and one touchdown . . . Averaged 106.5 all-purpose yards per game . . . Had four 100-yard games . . . Rushed for a season-best 123 yards against North Carolina while tying the school record with four touchdowns . . . Scored three touchdowns rushing on runs of one, one, and two yards and caught an 11-yard touchdown pass . . . Scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes to break open a tie game . . . Set up his final score with a 51-yard run down to the two-yard line . . . Had his first 100-yard game of the season with an even 100 yards on 21 carries against NC State . . . Rushed for 98 yards in Tech's win over fourth-ranked Clemson and also had a 51-yard reception . . . Gained 120 yards and scored twice in the Jackets' 35-0 win over Virginia . . . Scored Tech's first touchdown on a a 17-yard run, set up by his 42-yard gain . . . Followed with 109 yards and two touchdowns in Tech's win over Maryland, when he carried the ball 24 times for 95 yards in the first half to help stake the Jackets to a 28-0 lead . . . Added 83 yards rushing in Tech's win over Georgia . . . Scored Tech's first touchdown in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on a 32-yard run and finished with 96 yards rushing on 17 carries . . . Tech's top rusher in every game except Duke (Sean Gregory), Wake Forest (Sidney Ford) and Florida State (Jermaine Crenshaw).
1999: One of Tech's top tailbacks who suffered a broken ankle in the season's second game . . . Had 47 yards rushing and four catches for 69 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown reception, in Tech's season-opening win over Navy . . . Rushed for 40 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards against Florida State before suffering the injury late in the game . . . Received a medical redshirt year for the season.
1998: Led the Jackets in rushing with 474 yards on 98 carries . . . Averaged 4.8 yards per carry . . . Scored five touchdowns rushing . . . Also Tech's fourth-leading receiver with 13 catches for 94 yards (7.2 average) . . . Returned seven kickoffs for 130 yards (18.6 average) . . . Made his first start against Maryland and was named ACC Rookie of the Week as he led Tech to the win by rushing for 179 yards on 20 carries . . . Gained 143 of his yards in the second half, including a 44-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that put Tech ahead for good . . . Also had a 54-yard run and caught two passes for 24 yards . . . Recorded the 13th-best single-game rushing total in school history and the third best by a Tech true freshman . . . Scored the winning touchdown in Tech's win over Clemson . . . Scored from one yard out with 1:00 remaining as the Jackets came from behind to win, 24-21 . . . Also scored a crucial fourth-quarter touchdown on a 10-yard run in the Jackets' come-from-behind victory over 12th-ranked Georgia . . . Gained 55 yards rushing on 12 carries against Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl . . . Threw a five-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Joe Hamilton for Tech's first score against the Fighting Irish; received a toss and faked right before throwing back across the field to find Hamilton alone on the left side of the end zone.
HIGH SCHOOL: Player of the Year in Georgia and an honorable mention all-America by USA Today . . . Georgia's AAA Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . Ranked the 30th best running back in the nation by SuperPrep . . . Picked to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 and Top 50 in Georgia as well as the AJC's preseason "Super 11" in Georgia . . . Rated the No. 6 running back prospect in the Southeast and the No. 20 overall prospect in Georgia by First Down Recruiting . . . Ranked one of the top 33 running backs in the Southeast by PrepStar . . . Chosen to the "Sweet Sixteen" prep prospects in Georgia by the Macon Telegraph . . . Rated one of the Florida Times-Union's "Super 24" . . . Played in the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game at the Georgia Dome . . . As a senior he rushed for 1,941 yards and 24 touchdowns . . . As a junior gained 2,006 yards and scored 32 touchdowns . . . Totalled 5,004 yards rushing and 50 touchdowns in his career . . . Played for coach Ed Pilcher at Thomas County Central, leading the Yellow Jackets to state titles his junior and senior years . . . Lettered four times in football and twice in track.
PERSONAL: Full name is Joe Frank Burns . . . Parents are Joe Burns, Sr., and Cleo Burns . . . Born Sept. 15, 1979.
Rushing G-GS Att Yds Avg YPG TD LP 1998 11-3 98 474 4.8 43.1 5 54 1999 2-0 14 87 6.2 43.5 0 14 2000 11-11 220 908 4.1 82.5 12 51 2001 12-12 282 1,165 4.1 97.1 14 51 Total 36-26 614 2,634 4.3 73.2 31 54
Receiving G-GS Rec RPG Yds Avg YPG TD LP 1998 11-3 13 1.2 94 7.2 8.5 0 4 1999 2-0 7 3.5 96 13.7 48.0 1 40 2000 11-11 26 2.4 242 9.3 22.0 1 51 2001 12-12 28 2.3 249 8.9 20.8 1 60 Total 36-26 74 2.1 681 9.2 18.9 3 60
KO Returns G KOR Yds Avg TD LP 1998 11 7 130 18.6 0 30 1999 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 2000 11 1 21 21.0 0 21 2001 12 2 43 21.5 0 22 Total 36 10 194 19.4 0 30
All-Purpose G Rush Rec PR KOR Total PG TD 1998 11 474 94 0 130 698 63.5 5 1999 2 87 96 0 0 183 91.5 1 2000 11 908 242 0 21 1,171 106.5 13 2001 12 1,165 249 0 43 1,457 121.4 15 Total 36 2,634 681 0 194 3,509 97.5 34