Burton and Grady Earn CFPA National Performer of Week Honors
Oct. 15, 2012
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Missouri State standouts Julian Burton (So., WR, Cordova, Tenn.) and Anthony Grady (Jr., DL, Texarkana, Ark.) have been named as National Performers of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards at their respective positions for their efforts in the Bears' home win over South Dakota on Saturday.
Burton, who was also named as the Missouri Valley Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, garnered National Punt Return Performer of the Week. He shares the CFPA honor with Darius Carey of McNeese State and Trey Diller of Sam Houston State.
The third-year sophomore helped set up Missouri State's game-winning field goal in the deciding seconds of Saturday's 27-24 home win over South Dakota with a 30-yard punt return in the final minute of the game. His effort set the Bears up at the USD 42 yard line with 53 seconds left. Five plays later, the Bears' Austin Witmer kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired to win the game.
Burton finished with 3 punt returns for 68 yards (22.7) and a game-high 166 all-purpose yards, which also earned him the CFPA All-Purpose Performer of the Week honorable mention nod. He had a career-high 98 receiving yards on 4 catches, including a career-long 60-yard TD grab with 5:27 left in the fourth quarter to pull the Bears within 24-17 at the time.
Grady is the CFPA National Defensive Line Performer of the Week, along with Caraun Reid of Princeton, after his big game against South Dakota. With 3:01 left in the game, Grady recovered a Coyotes' fumble at the USD 49 yard line to set up the game-tying score as part of MSU's impressive comeback win. He finished the game with 3.0 sacks. 3.5 tackles for loss, including a tackle for loss two plays before the key fumble recovery. The Bears' starting right end also finished the game with 5 total tackles.
The CFPA was organized in 2010 to provide the most scientifically-rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
The Bears (1-6, 1-3 MVFC) return to action this Saturday afternoon at Illinois State (6-1, 3-1 MVFC) before a Homecoming clash with Western Illinois at Plaster Field on Oct. 27, also at 1 p.m. Homecoming tickets are available now at MissouriStateTix.com or by calling (417) 836-7678 during regular box office hours.