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BRIAN BURNS - Football - Florida State Seminoles

Player profile


Appeared in 38 games with 25 starts and recorded 124 tackles, including 39.5 for loss with 24.0 sacks, seven forced fumbles, seven pass breakups, three blocked kicks and two fumble recoveries…sacks total of 24.0 ranked fifth in program history…ranked eighth on FSU’s all-time career tackles for loss list with 39.5.


Started all 12 games and recorded 52 tackles, including 15.5 for loss with 10.0 sacks, eight quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery…named fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele…first-team All-ACC…Bendarik Award semifinalist…earned Team MVP and Defensive MVP honors…voted team captain…ranked first in ACC and eighth in NCAA with average of 0.83 sacks per game…average of 0.3 forced fumbles per game ranked third in ACC and 31st in NCAA…ranked fifth in ACC and 28th in NCAA with average of 1.3 tackles for loss per game…led ACC with 15.5 tackles for loss, 112 TFL yards lost, 10.0 sacks and 94 sack yards lost in conference play…tied career high with seven tackles and added one pass breakup at No. 3 Notre Dame…matched career-high tackles total, including 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, and had one quarterback hurry the next week in 22-21 win vs. No. 22 Boston College…registered six tackles and two quarterback hurries in season finale vs. No. 13 Florida to cap season-ending three-week stretch with 20 tackles, 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, and three quarterback hurries…had season-high 3.0 tackles for loss with 2.0 sacks as part of four-tackle performance with one pass breakup at Syracuse…also had four tackles, 3.0 for loss with 2.0 sacks, plus career-high-tying two forced fumbles, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup at No. 17 Miami…opened season with six tackles, 2.0 for loss with 1.5 sacks, and one quarterback hurry vs. No. 20 Virginia Tech…made one solo stop in 36-26 win vs. Samford…had two tackles in 37-19 victory vs. Northern Illinois…recorded six tackles, including 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 28-24 victory at Louisville…made four tackles, including 2.0 sacks, and two quarterback hurries in 38-17 victory vs. Wake Forest…named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance vs. Demon Deacons…had one tackle and one quarterback hurry vs. No. 2 Clemson…recorded four tackles, including 2.0 for loss, at North Carolina State.


Started all 13 games at defensive end, totaling 48 tackles, including 13.5 for loss with 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two blocked punts…tied for first in the ACC and third nationally with two blocked kicks…turned in six tackles, 2.5 for loss and one blocked punt vs. North Carolina State…against No. 13 Miami, totaled four tackles and one blocked punt…was the most dominant force on the field at No. 4 Clemson, totaling a season high with seven tackles, 4.5 for loss with 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…became first player in school history with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in the same game…continued his dominant stretch at rival Florida, finishing with five tackles, 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks…in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi, posted three tackles, 1.5 for loss, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup…in his last five games totaled 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks.


Freshman All-American (FWAA/ESPN/USA Today)


Led all freshmen nationally with 9.5 sacks…his sack mark ranked No. 25 overall in the country and seventh in the ACC…one of the nation’s top first-year players, captured freshman All-America honors from FWAA, ESPN and USA Today…played in all 13 games at defensive end and as a rush linebacker…finished with nearly half of his tackles (10.5 of 24) coming behind the line of scrimmage…his 9.5 sacks were the most by an FSU freshman since 1977…tallied more than one sack four times – no FSU freshman had accomplished that feat in a single game since 2006…collected ACC Rookie of the Week honors following a dominant performance at Syracuse…tormented the Orange to the tune of five tackles, 2.5 sacks and a blocked punt…totaled five tackles, including three TFLs, two sacks and a forced fumble in his first extensive action of the season against Charleston Southern…made two sacks and had three total stops at USF…had a sack on Deshaun Watson versus No. 3 Clemson…made three tackles at NC State…tallied two tackles, including a half-sack, versus Boston College…had 1.5 sacks and four total tackles against No. 13 Florida… helped the Seminoles finish No. 1 in the nation in sacks per game (3.92) and No. 2 in overall sacks (51.0).


Five-star recruit from 247Sports and Scout who has the length and athleticism to become a disruptive pass rusher at the collegiate level…played in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January, tallying a pair of tackles and a pass breakup…named the Sun-Sentinel Defensive Player of the Year and grabbed Class 5A All-State First Team honors in 2015…four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals…ranked the 22nd-best player in the nation, second-best defensive end and fifth-best player in the state of Florida by 247Sports…rated No. 22 overall and fifth-ranked defensive end by Scout…ranked No. 65 nationally, No. 4 defensive end and No. 11 in Florida by Rivals…tabbed the 160th overall prospect by ESPN, No. 21 defensive end and No. 29 in Florida…according to Scout, can play either standing up or with his hand down, has a good first step and is very quick off the ball…at American Heritage, recorded 135 tackles and 28 sacks over his junior and senior seasons…helped American Heritage win state titles in 2013 and 2014…chose Florida State over Florida and Georgia, among others…born on April 23, 1998…exploratory major.