NCAA denies Tulsa receiver Bryan Burnham's appeal for sixth year

NCAA denies Tulsa receiver Bryan Burnham's appeal for sixth year

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he NCAA has denied Tulsa wide receiver Bryan Burnham’s appeal for a sixth year of eligibility.

burnhamBurnham, the team’s leading receiver in 2011, suffered a season-ending knee injury in last year’s opener against Iowa State.

He also missed the 2008 season due to an illness.

In March, the NCAA rejected Burnham’s waiver request to play next season. The Division I Appeals Committee rejected his appeal Wednesday.

Burnham (6-2, 197) suffered a tore the ACL of his right knee early in the fourth quarter against the Cyclones. He had a team-high nine catches for 90 yards before the injury.

“This is not the response we had hoped to receive from the NCAA.” Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said. “We’re extremely disappointed, but we’re more disappointed for Bryan than us. The fact that he only played three quarters in 2012 is upsetting because he prepared so hard for his senior season.

“Even since the injury, Bryan has done everything needed to get himself in shape for an opportunity to join his teammates on the field.”

Burnham led the Golden Hurricanes with 54 catches for 850 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011.

“It is a disappointment. The reason I wanted to come back and play again was for my teammates,” said Burnham.

“I appreciate everything TU has done for me, not only in trying to secure a sixth year, but through my entire career. I am ready to move on now.”

The Moorestown, N.J. native played in 25 career games, starting 14. He began his career on defense before moving to receiver in the fall of 2010.

He caught 63 passes for 940 yards and nine touchdowns in his career.

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