Coming off a series of injuries that sidelined him for the entire 2010 season and the spring season ... Hopes to get healthy for his second season in the program and provide needed depth on the offensive line.
2010: Redshirted his first season at Missouri State with an injury ... Named to Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll and MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll with a 3.18 GPA for the fall semester.
High School: A three-year starter for Coach Jim Schottmueller at McCluer North High in Florissant, Mo., Burgess was rated the No. 23 prospect in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Super 30 list after earning first-team all-metro laurels ... Helped the Stars average 301.3 yards per game of total offense and earned all-conference and all-state honors twice ... MaxPreps.com named him to the All-Missouri second team (all classes) after helping McCluer North claim its third straight district title and post a 6-5 record in 2009.
Personal: Joseph James Burgess was born 11/15/91 in St. Charles, Mo. ... Son of Angela Burgess of Florissant, Mo. ... Majoring in Biology ... Also recruited by Nebraska and Kansas State.