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  Rudy Burgess
Rudy Burgess

Player Profile
Hometown:
Edwards, Calif.

High School:
Desert

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 188

Position:
Wide Receiver

Experience:
4V (2004-07)

ASU: One of the most versatile athletes and one of the top all-purpose threats in the nation during his Sun Devil career...was ASU's "jack-of-all-trades", having played wide receiver, tailback, cornerback, kickoff and punt returner and has also thrown a touchdown pass during his Sun Devil career...became only one of 14 players in FBS history to record over 1,000 rushing, receiving and returns yards...was a true fan-favorite for his team-first mentality...also one of only four all-time Pac-10 Conference players and one of only three active athletes in 2007 to have earned that distinction, and the only player in ASU football history to achieve that mark...a true team player, he did anything and everything Sun Devil coaches asked of him, including three position changes...moved back to wide receiver full-time as a senior after spending time also playing cornerback in 2006...was the only active player in the Pac-10 Conference with over 1,000 career rushing and receiving yards when he entered his senior season...earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors twice (2005 and 2007)...has accumulated 4,379 career all-purpose yards with 19 total touchdowns on 446 total touches (229 carries for 1,093 yards and six touchdowns; 125 receptions for 1,536 yards and 12 touchdowns; 68 kickoff returns for 1,517 yards and one touchdown; 31 punt returns for 233 yards)...averaged 9.8 yards every time he touched the ball over his career and averaged 97.3 all-purpose yards-per-game for his career...appeared in 45 games with 25 starts...is an excellent special teams coverage athlete as well, totaling 14 career tackles (12 solo) between time spent as a defensive back and on special teams.

2007: Played in 12 games, starting five...earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition...also earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades by PhilSteele.com...finished third on the team in all major receiving categories, catching 34 passes for 467 yards (13.7 avg.) with three touchdown receptions...led ASU with a 23.1-yard average on 38 kickoff returns with one touchdown...also totaled six carries for 42 yards...had a team-high 1,388 all-purpose yards (115.7 per game)...ranked seventh in the Pac-10 Conference in all-purpose yards and eighth in the league in kickoff return average...caught two passes for 29 yards against Colorado on Sept. 8...led ASU with three catches for 52 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown reception in addition to a 33-yard kickoff return against San Diego State on Sept. 15...tied for the game-high with six receptions and also returned three kickoffs for 45 yards against Oregon State on Sept. 22...led all receivers with 137 yards on seven catches, with a 62-yard touchdown reception at Stanford on Sept. 29...returned two kickoffs for 64 yards at Washington State on Oct. 6...caught four passes for 55 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown, returned five kickoffs for 112 yards and also had a 34-yard rush against Washington on Oct. 13...totaled 201 all-purpose yards against the Huskies...returned two kickoffs for 37 yards and had a 20-yard reception against No. 18 California on Oct. 27...caught two passes for 38 yards and returned five kickoffs for 105 yards at No. 5 Oregon on Nov. 3...returned four kickoffs for 99 yards and had a 10-yard reception at UCLA on Nov. 10...caught four passes for 50 yards and totaled 166 yards on five kickoff returns, including a 98-yard touchdown return against No. 11 USC on Thanksgiving night...added a one-yard rush to total 217 all-purpose yards against the Trojans...caught four passes for 36 yards and totaled 56 yards on two kickoff returns against rival Arizona on Dec. 1...returned eight kickoffs for 150 yards and caught a 12-yard pass against No. 17 Texas in the 2007 Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27, his final game at ASU.

2006: Appeared in nine games, starting six...four starts came at wide receiver prior to switching to cornerback, where he started against Stanford and at Washington before suffering an injury that plagued him the remainder of the year...totaled 10 receptions for 166 yards (16.6 avg.) for the season...averaged 23.5 yards on kickoff returns...totaled six solo tackles as a cornerback and on special teams, also causing two pass break-ups...began the season in impressive fashion, recording an ASU season-high 112 receiving yards on seven catches in the opener against Northern Arizona...added a 13-yard reception at Colorado...had a career-high 43-yard kickoff return against No. 12 Oregon...averaged 32.5 yards-per-return on kickoffs at No. 3 USC...recorded three solo tackles and a pass break-up in his first career start on defense, playing at cornerback against Stanford...missed the final four games of the regular season due to injury before returning to compete in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl...earned preseason first-team All-Pac-10 honors as an all-purpose athlete by Lindy's and was named as a preseason fourth-team All-Pac-10 honoree by Phil Steele.

2005: Played in all 12 games, starting 11...earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors...was the team's second-leading rusher and receiver...totaled 145 carries for 667 yards (4.4 avg.) and six touchdowns and caught 59 passes for 655 yards (11.1 avg.) and four touchdowns...was the only athlete in Division I-A football to surpass 600 yards both rushing and receiving...led ASU with 10 total touchdowns...finished tied for fifth in the Pac-10 averaging 4.92 receptions-per-game...was ninth in the conference posting 121.6 all purpose yards-per-game...finished ninth in the Pac-10 in total receiving yards and 11th in total rushing yards...also gained 160 yards on the nine kickoff returns (17.8 avg.)...scored at least one touchdown in seven games...led or tied for the team lead in rushing five times and led or tied for the team lead in receptions four times...had 10 or more carries in nine games and had four or more receptions in nine contests...had no fewer than two catches and no fewer than 11 total touches in a game...had five games with more than 20 touches, with a season-high 23 coming against Washington (19 carries, four catches)...gained more than 100 all-purpose yards in seven games, and had no fewer than 68 in a game...became the first non-quarterback in nearly a decade to throw a touchdown pass for the Sun Devils (tossed a 43-yard halfback pass to wide receiver Derek Hagan at Washington State)...that touchdown reception enabled Hagan to take sole possession of the school's all-time career receiving touchdowns mark...had a season-high 102 rushing yards on 17 carries and ran for a career-best two touchdowns to go along with four receptions for 68 yards in the team's 2005 Insight Bowl victory over Rutgers...also had a season-best 217 all-purpose yards (102 yards rushing and 47 kickoff return yards) against the Scarlet Knights...tied the team's individual season high with 11 receptions against No.25 Oregon...had a season-high 19 carries for 67 yards against Washington...had a season-best 97 receiving yards on seven catches at No.14 UCLA...caught and ran for a touchdown both at Oregon State and at Stanford...was named a preseason third-team All-Pac-10 selection by Athlon Sports...was recognized as a Hard Hat Player for his work in ASU's winter strength and conditioning program, which enabled him to add 10 pounds of muscle to his frame in the off-season to help improve his power, speed and durability.

2004: Played in all 12 games, starting three at tailback...played both wide receiver and tailback...finished second on the team in rushing with 77 carries for 404 yards...also caught 22 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns...his five receiving TDs ranked fourth on the team...finished fifth in the Pac-10 in kickoff returns, averaging 22.5 yards per return (15 returns for 337 yards)...ranked seventh in the league with an average of 7.5 yards per punt return (31 for 233 yards)...was second on the team in all-purpose yards, averaging 101.8 yards per game...made his Sun Devil debut a memorable one, catching a 68-yard touchdown in the season-opening victory over UTEP...tallied 67 yards on four punt returns at Northwestern...had a season-high 60 yards on kickoff returns twice (at NU and at Cal)...turned in a career-best seven catches in ASU's come-from-behind win over UCLA...had 39 yards and one TD vs. the Bruins...had his breakout game at tailback vs. Stanford, carrying the ball 34 times for 186 yards, including a long run of 37 yards...turned in an MVP-like performance in ASU's come-from-behind victory over Purdue in the Vitalis Sun Bowl...carried the ball 20 times for 125 yards and caught three passes for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns vs. the Boilermakers...caught two TD passes in the fourth quarter of the Sun Bowl, including the game-winning 19-yard strike with just 43 seconds left in the game.

2003: Redshirted as a member of the scout team...won the McBurney Offensive Scout Team Award for his efforts on the scout team.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2003 graduate of Desert High School in Edwards, Calif....was listed as the No. 91 player in the Farwest (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington) by SuperPrep Magazine...rated the No. 75 player in the West by PacWestFootball.com...rated the No. 12 wide receiver in the West by PacWestFootball.com...the 2002 C.I.F. Southern Section Division XII Defensive Player of the Year...made All-C.I.F. Southern Section First-Team Defense at cornerback...was the 2002 High Desert League Defensive Player of the Year Award winner...made first-team all-league at wide receiver...was the Kern County Player of the Year in 2002...earned first-team all-region as a defensive back...made first-team all-state Small School...selected the Desert High Most Valuable Player three years in a row...served as team captain...two-way starter for four years on varsity...rushed for 1,235 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 22 passes for 656 yards and nine more touchdowns as a senior...scored a touchdown on a kickoff and on a punt return...on defense he intercepted six passes, two of which were returned for touchdowns...collected 860 yards and 13 touchdowns receiving during junior season...in track and field he posted a 24' 1" long jump in the preliminary round of the California state meet...finished fourth in he state meet...personal bests in track are 47' 11" triple jump, 6' 8" high jump, 10.8 100-meters, 4.35 40-yard dash and 43-inch vertical jump...is the C.I.F. Southern Section Division XII long jump record holder at 24' 8"...was the league's long jump record holder...as a junior, was first-team offense at wide receiver all-C.I.F. Southern Section Division XII...made first-team all-county and all-valley at wideout...rushed 63 times for 1,014 yards and eight touchdowns...also caught 44 passes for 890 yards and 12 scores...also had four touchdowns on kickoff returns and three more on punt returns...had two interceptions over 90 yards for touchdowns...as a sophomore was first-team defense at cornerback in the C.I.F. Southern Section Division XII...made first-team all-league on offense...as a freshman, made first-team all-league on offense and rushed 23 times for 870 yards and seven touchdowns...also had 30 receptions for 810 yards and nine touchdowns...scored one touchdown on a kickoff return and one on a punt return...was the first freshman to make the All-Antelope Valley Press team...was the Male Athlete of the Year at Desert High in 2002...was the Desert HS Sprinter of the Year in 2001 and 2002 and the Jumper of the Year in 2001 and 2002...was the track and field Most Valuable Player for three consecutive seasons...was the Region Co-Field Athlete of the Year...coached by Joe Switzer.

PERSONAL: Majoring in digital art...parents are Rudy and Avery (assistant bank manager)...has one sibling, Devonn (27)...hobbies include drawing and photography...born Sept. 19, 1984 in Brooklyn, N.Y....full name is Rudolph Donnavon Burgess.

CAREER HIGHS: Rushing Attempts: 34, vs. Stanford (11/6/04). Rushing Yards: 186, vs. Stanford (11/6/04). Rushing touchdowns: 2, vs. Rutgers (12/27/05) Receptions: 11, vs. Oregon (10/8/05). Receiving Yards: 112, vs. Northern Arizona (8/31/06). Receiving Touchdowns: 2, vs. Purdue (12/31/04). Kickoff Returns: 3, twice, last vs. Rutgers (12/27/05). Kickoff Return Yards: 60 twice, last at California (10/30/04). Punt Returns: 6, vs. Stanford (11/6/04). Punt Return Yards: 67, at Northwestern (9/11/04).

Burgess' Career Statistics

RUSHING                G   Att    Yds  TD  Lg Avg/C Avg/G
2004................  12    77    404   0  37   5.2  33.7
2005................  12   145    644   6  38   4.4  53.7
2006................   9     1      3   0   3   3.0   0.3
2007................  12     6     42   0  34   7.0   3.5
TOTAL...............  45   229   1093   6  38   4.8  24.3

PASSING G Att- Cmp- Int Yds TD Lg Pct Avg/P Avg/G Effic 2004................ 12 1- 1- 0 -8 0 0 100.0 -8.0 -0.7 32.8 2005................ 12 1- 1- 0 43 1 43 100.0 43.0 3.6 791.2 2006................ 9 0- 0- 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2007................ 12 0- 0- 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 45 2- 2- 0 35 1 43 100.0 17.5 0.8 412.0

TOTAL OFFENSE G Rush Pass Total Avg/G 2004................ 12 404 -8 396 33.0 2005................ 12 644 43 687 57.2 2006................ 9 3 0 3 0.3 2007................ 12 42 0 42 3.5 TOTAL............... 45 1093 35 1128 25.1

RECEIVING G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 2004................ 12 22 248 5 68 1.8 11.3 20.7 2005................ 12 59 655 4 49 4.9 11.1 54.6 2006................ 9 10 166 0 40 1.1 16.6 18.4 2007................ 12 34 467 3 62 2.8 13.7 38.9 TOTAL............... 45 125 1536 12 68 2.8 12.3 34.1

TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2004................ 12 2 1 3 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2005................ 12 2 1 3 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2006................ 9 6 0 6 0.0-0 2 0 0 0 2007................ 12 2 0 2 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 TOTAL............... 45 12 2 14 0.0-0 2 0 0 0

PUNT RETURNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2004................ 12 31 233 0 34 7.5 19.4 2005................ 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2006................ 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2007................ 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 45 31 233 0 34 7.5 5.2

KICK RETURNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2004................ 12 15 337 0 42 22.5 28.1 2005................ 12 9 160 0 31 17.8 13.3 2006................ 9 6 141 0 43 23.5 15.7 2007................ 12 38 879 1 98 23.1 73.2 TOTAL............... 45 68 1517 1 98 22.3 33.7

ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2004................ 12 404 248 233 337 0 1222 101.8 2005................ 12 644 655 0 160 0 1459 121.6 2006................ 9 3 166 0 141 0 310 34.4 2007................ 12 42 467 0 879 0 1388 115.7 TOTAL............... 45 1093 1536 233 1517 0 4379 97.3

SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2004................ 12 5 0 5 0 0 1 0 32 2.7 2005................ 12 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 60 5.0 2006................ 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2007................ 12 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 24 2.0 TOTAL............... 45 19 6 12 1 0 1 0 116 2.6

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