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#31 Gerett Burl
Position: Cornerback
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 160
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Libertyville, Ill.
High School: Libertyville/Garden City CC
Experience: Junior College

AT COLORADO: This Season (Jr.) -- Enters the fall as one of CU’s starting cornerbacks.  He had a solid spring and could emerge as one of the top defensive backs in the Big 12 Conference.

 

2004 (Soph.) -- He started the first eight games at right cornerback and the Nebraska game on the left side in starting nine games overall and playing in all 13, including the Houston Bowl.  He suffered a dislocated finger against the Nebraska, and played with it bandaged in the Big 12 title game against Oklahoma; he had surgery on December 7 and was scheduled to play in the Houston Bowl.  He racked up 37 tackles (33 solo) on the season, along with the second most pass deflections (10) on the team.  He also recorded six third down stops, a caused interception and a tackle for loss.  He posted his career high of seven tackles (all solo) in the overtime loss at Texas A&M, and had five tackles in three other games (Washington State, North Texas and Missouri).  Against UTEP in the bowl game, he had two solo tackles and a pass deflection.  He was credited with a punt return for 9 yards when he blocked a kick against North Texas, one of eight special team points he earned on the year; he was in on six tackles (four solo), including one inside-the-20, to account for the other points.  He had a solid spring, with 18 tackles in the three main scrimmages and an interception in the finale (the spring game), as he completed all requirements set forth by the coaching staff to return to the team.

 

AT GARDEN CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE: 2003 (Fr.-RS) -- He started all 10 games at cornerback for GCCC, which posted a 5-5 record under coach Bob Larson.  He recorded 48 tackles (36 solo), with two interceptions for 48 yards, returning one for a touchdown, along added eight passes broken up.  He enrolled at Garden City after being suspended from the team (not university) for violating a team rule. 

 

AT COLORADO 2002 (Fr.) -- He saw brief action on special teams against San Diego State in the second game of the season; he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in practice that required surgery the following week and thus received a medical hardship waiver for the season.

 

HIGH SCHOOL -- As a senior, he garnered PrepStar All-America honors (ranked as the No. 4 DB in the Midwest), while also earning Football Report all-Midwest honors (both pre- and postseason), with Rivals.com ranking him as the No. 53 cornerback in the nation.  He earned honorable mention all-state and all-conference honors at tailback, and was all-area at both running back and cornerback.  He was also all-area as a junior and was all-conference as a sophomore and junior, all at tailback.  A three-year starter at running back and two-year starter at cornerback, he rushed for 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, when he was also in on 60 tackles, with nine passes deflections, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.  He also had about 75 receiving yards on five catches and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.  As a s junior, he averaged 9.5 yards per carry In rushing for about 900 yards and 10 scores, catching passes for 150 yards and another three touchdowns, and added four more scores on kickoff returns.  He had 60 tackles on defense, with eight passes broken up, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.  He rushed for 850 yards and nine touchdowns and caught passes for 250 yards and two scores as a sophomore.  Top career games included an seven carry, 154-yard, three-touchdown effort against Marion Central, and a 180-yard, 3-TD performance in a win over Antioch, both as a senior.  And against Zion Benton, also as a senior, he had 150 yards in kickoff returns, including a TD, and rushed for another 120 yards and a score.  Libertyville was 7-4 his senior year, 9-2 his junior season (conference champs both years) and 6-4 his sophomore year under coach Randy Kuceyeski.  He also lettered four times in track, participating in sprints and jumps (career best of 21-9 in the long jump, conference champ in the 300 hurdles as a freshman). 

 

ACADEMICS -- He is majoring in history at Colorado.

 

PERSONAL -- He was born August 8, 1983 in Denver, attending both elementary and middle school in the Denver metro area.  His hobbies include working out, participating in all sports and listening to music.  He has an incredible athletic bloodline: his father, Gerald, and two uncles (Farley, Gerald’s twin, and Gary) ran track at Arizona State and were members of the 1977 national champion team.  His grandfather, Alex “Bullet” Burl, played running back at Colorado State and one year (1956) with the Chicago Cardinals; he also coached track at Manual High School in Denver.  Another grandpa, Eddie Callaway, coached basketball (the first African-American to do so in Colorado) and was principal at Manual, and an uncle, Donnie Gatewood, is Montbello High’s (Denver) track coach and played football at CSU.  Another uncle, Eddie Callaway Jr., coached former Buff Chauncey Billups at George Washington. A cousin, Dominique Callaway, ran track at Notre Dame and Ohio State and was the national record holder in the high hurdles, and yet another cousin, Jan Keith Gatewood, played football at Northwestern.    (First name is pronounced jair-it, as in Jaret.)

 


Season


G


Plays

Tackles
UT AT--TOT


TFL


Sacks


3DS


Hurr


FR


FF


PBU


Int

2004

12

563

33   4 --37

1-3

0-0

6

0

0

0

10

0

2005

12

789

52   9 --61

1-2

0-0

5

0

0

0

14

2

Totals

24

1352

85 13 --98

2-5

0-0

11

0

0

0

24

2

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Punt Return Yards: 1-9, 9.0 avg. (2004).  Special Team Tackles: 4,2—6 (2004), 4,1---5 (2005).

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