Grueling student-athlete schedule not for everyone
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
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
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.
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: foxsports.com; No. 2 Brian Burrell drops back
to pass for Fresno