Grueling student-athlete schedule not for everyone

By EFN Staff
Published: 02/06/2015

Being the big man on campus for one year was enough for Fresno State starting quarterback Brian Burrell. On Friday the would-be fifth year senior opted out of playing his final year of college football “to pursue other avenues.”

Burrell was a dual-threat quarterback out of Bakersfield High School heading to Bakersfield College for his freshman and sophomore seasons. A broken collarbone limited him to three games during his freshman season in 2011 but in 2012 he threw for 2,555 yards with 27 touchdowns against seven picks leading his team to an 11-2 record and a CCCAA State Championship.

The 6’4”, 221 pound, quarterback transferred to Fresno State in 2013 serving as a backup to Derek Carr playing in mop up duty. In 2014 Burrell had a breakout season passing for 2,620 yards with 22 touchdowns against 18 picks. He rushed for another 360 yards with three scores.

The Bulldogs posted a 6-8 record winning the Mountain West Division but lost their final two games, the Mountain West Championship Game to Boise State 28-14 and their Hawaii Bowl berth to Rice 30-6, to end the 2014 season.

Burrell was fifth in the MWC in total passing yards and third in touchdown passes. He had the dubious honor of tying for the conference lead in interceptions with UNLV’s Blake Decker.

Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter released a statement on Friday announcing Burrell’s departure from the program stating, “I'm very thankful for the dedication and determination that Brian Burrell brought to our program, especially this past season. He now wishes to pursue other avenues with his life and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

Burrell will reportedly graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communications this spring.

Photo credit:; No. 2 Brian Burrell drops back to pass for Fresno State.