Missouri State conducts first of three full spring scrimmages Saturday morning
Fourth-year standout is the favorite to start at X wide receiver ... Had team-best 7 catches for 113 yards and a 71-yard touchdown reception 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 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 the spring (2012) 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.