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6 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Deante Burton

In which BracketCat counts down the sixth day until kickoff with a profile of wide receiver Deante Burton.

We've been waiting for Deante Burton to really break through for a while now. This season, he simply has to.
We've been waiting for Deante Burton to really break through for a while now. This season, he simply has to.
Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Goal No. 6: SELF-DISCIPLINE. Do it right; don't accept less.


#6 Deante Burton
Redshirt Junior
6-2 | 205
Manhattan, Kan.


Position: Wide Receiver

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Deante Wayne Burton (b. July 12, 1994) is a local product who has played on special teams and as a reserve wide receiver during his first two seasons. He looked the best he ever has in this year's spring game in Kansas City.

Burton will be called upon to have an increased role on offense while continuing to provide help on special teams.

In 2013, he saw time in nine games, including the TCU game, in which he recorded a tackle on punt coverage.

Burton's playing time increased dramatically last season, when he appeared in all 13 games, making nine starts and hauling in 17 passes for 171 yards, including a career-long 25-yard catch against Stephen F. Austin.

He also set career highs in catches (4) and yards (55) against Texas; had three receptions each against Stephen F. Austin and Oklahoma State; blocked a punt against UTEP; and earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

Burton helped Manhattan High School to earn an 11-1 record in 2011. He was named a first-team All-Centennial League pick as a senior and captured all-state honors as a defensive back.

He had 20 receptions for 327 yards, five touchdowns and a pair of interceptions in 2011, and also added 216 rushing yards and three scores. He returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown in the playoffs against Dodge City.

Burton totaled two punt return scores on the year and had 244 yards receiving in 2010 with three touchdowns.

A two-year starter at both wide receiver and defensive back, Burton lettered three seasons for the Indians and compiled a 30-3 record during that time. He still might be, in my opinion, the steal of the 2012 recruiting class.