Missouri State conducts first of three full spring scrimmages Saturday morning
Speedy receiver and kick returner who had a solid spring with 5 receptions for 76 yards in the spring scrimmage series ... Will vie for starting B wide receiver spot.
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) ... Was fifth on the team in all-purpose yards (505).
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 2 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 ... In the state championship game, he earned offensive and defensive MVP honors ... Did it all for White Station, playing wide receiver, running back, cornerback, returning punts and kicks, and even punting ... Helped the Spartans to a combined 48-9 record in his four years on the team ... Was a three-year starter on the football team and a two-year starter for the basketball team ... Won the basketball 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 for Clemson University from 1991-1995 ... Majoring in Sport and Park Administration.