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Missouri State senior football players Julian Burton, Andrew Beisel and Caleb Schaffitzel speak to the media following the Bears' 45-10 loss to No. 4 North Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Robert W. Plaster Stadium.
Highlights of the Missouri State football team as it completed its final scrimmage of Fall training camp on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Enters senior campaign with 92 career receptions and 24 starts ... Had 4 receptions for 92 yards, including a 67-yard TD, in MSU Maroon and White spring game (4/26/14) ... Finished spring with 14 catches for 220 yards and a pair of TDs in three scrimmages.
2013: Started 11 times as a junior and ranked 4th in the league in punt returns (5.7), 6th in all-purpose yards (101.0), 6th in receptions (4.3) and 7th in receiving yards (57.2) ... Was also among top 100 FCS players in kickoff returns (42nd), punt returns (47th), all-purpose yards (85th), receiving yards (93rd) and receptions (97th) ... His 52 catches ranked 9th on MSU single-season receptions list ... Earned CFPA Wide Receiver Performer of the Week honorable mention, MSU Offensive Player of the Week and MSU Media Player of the Week honors for game at top-ranked North Dakota State (10/12/13) after securing 6 receptions for 128 yards and a 65-yard TD reception ... Also posted 100-plus yards in road win over Southern Illinois (11/9/13) with 7 receptions ... Landed CFPA Kick Returner Performer of the Week honorable mention and MSU Offensive Player of the Week distinction for win at Western Illinois (10/26/13) in which he had 110 yards on 3 returns, including a season-long 56-yarder while securing 5 receptions for 44 yards a score ... Earned game ball from coaching staff for WIU game ... Also recognized as MSU Media Player of the Week for Iowa game (9/7/13) in which he caught 6 passes for 67 yards with a TD ... Snagged MSU Special Teams Player of the Week laurels for home win over No. 24 Illinois State (9/28/13) in which he had a season-best 41-yard punt return ... Tallied 6 games with 5 or more receptions and 6 games with 120 or more all-purpose yards. ... Ranked 3rd on the team in scoring (26) ... Led squad in receptions (52), receiving yards (686), punt return average (5.7) and kickoff return average (23.9) ... Named to CFPA Punt Returner Watch List in preseason ... Named to AD Honor Roll for Spring 2014 semester ... Had 7 catches for 113 yards and a 71-yard TD in Maroon and White Game (4/20/13).
2012: Saw action in MSU's first 8 games -- all starts -- before suffering another season-ending clavicle injury at Illinois State (10/20/12) ... Finished fourth on the team in receptions (25) and receiving yards (374) with a pair of touchdowns ... Third on MSU's squad in all-purpose yards (598) with a team-high 74.8 yards per game ... Averaged 22.0 yards on 6 kickoff returns and 6.5 yards on 15 punt returns ... Enjoyed best game of the season in home win over South Dakota after catching 4 passes for 98 yards and a 60-yard TD to go with 3 punt returns for 68 yards ... Earned MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week, CFPA National Punt Returner of the Week, MSU Media Player of the Week and MSU Offensive Player of the Week for South Dakota (10/13/12) game ... Snagged 5 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in home opener against Murray State (9/15/12) ... Also had 4 receptions for 64 yards at No. 22 Kansas State (9/1/12) in season opener ... Had a 47-yard reception at Indiana State (10/6/12) ... Had 5 receptions for 76 yards in spring series.
2011: Played in 8 games as a redshirt freshman, starting 3 ... Collected 11 receptions for 94 yards to tie for fourth on the club in catches ... Snagged 5 passes for 44 yards at Eastern Kentucky (9/10/11) ... Notched 3 receptions for 33 yards, including a season-long 19 yarder against Northern Iowa (10/1/11) ... Posted season-high 120 all-purpose yards at Oregon (9/17/11) with 3 carries for 19 yards and 91 yards on 5 kickoff returns ... Led team with 10 punt returns for 73 yards (7.3), including a season-long 32 return at Southern Illinois (9/24/11) ... Posted team-high 319 kickoff return yards on 17 attempts (18.8) with a long return of 30 yards in season opener at Arkansas (9/3/11).
2010: Received a medical redshirt ... Played in 3 games as a true freshman before a season-ending clavicle injury at Illinois State (9/25/10), suffered at the end of a 54-yard kickoff return ... Had 3 receptions for 64 yards, including a 39-yard catch, at Kansas State (9/11/10) ... Also returned 4 kickoffs for 109 yards at K-State with a long of 34 ... Notched 4 punt returns in season opener against Eastern Kentucky (9/3/11), including a 22-yarder, the second-longest by any Bear all season ... Finished ninth on the club in all-purpose yards (265) and third in all-purpose yards per game (88.3).
High School: Was a Tennessee all-state performer for the 2009 Class 6A state champion White Station squad of Coach Devin Rutherford ... Scored 32 touchdowns in two seasons with just under 2,000 all-purpose yards ... Snatched 7 interceptions and was a two-time Memphis Commercial Appeal Best of the Preps selection ... Earned offensive and defensive MVP honors in state title game ... Played wide receiver, running back, cornerback, returned punts and kicks, and even punted at White Station ... Helped the Spartans to a combined 48-9 record in his four years ... Was also a two-year starter for the basketball team, including a state championship his junior season.
Personal: Julian Aaron Burton was born 2/29/92 in Memphis, Tenn. ... Son of Marlon Watson and Carol Burton of Cordova, Tenn. ... His father, Marlon, played football at Clemson from 1991-1995 ... Majoring in Sport and Park Administration.