MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Senior wide receiver Joe Burnett has been selected to play in the 2011 All American Bowl which will be contested at the Mall of America Field in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on Saturday afternoon.
Burnett, a two-year standout for the Braves after transferring to Pembroke from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Long Beach, Miss., wrapped up his collegiate playing career with an outstanding campaign. The Compton, Calif., native caught 24 passes for a team-best 472 yards and five touchdowns in 2011, including a 5-catch, 129-yard day in UNCP's road rout of Carson-Newman. Burnett hauled in at least one catch in each of the final eight games, and hauled in a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Luke Charles in the road contest at Catawba.
A prolific kick return threat for the Braves, he also returned 23 kicks for 526 yards (22.9 avg.), and logged one punt return for 42 yards as well.
Hampered by nagging injuries during his initial season in Pembroke in 2010, Burnett closed out his career in Pembroke with 27 catches for 553 yards and six touchdowns. He registered his first career reception against St. Paul's last season in which he booked a pair of catches for 70 yards, as well as his first touchdown reception – a 53-yard strike in the first quarter – as well.
For more information on the 2011 All-American Bowl, please visit the official website, http://www.allamericanbowl.com/.