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6 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Deante Burton

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In which BracketCat counts down the sixth day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of wide receiver Deante Burton.

Deante Burton finally showed last season what he could do with all that promise in a breakout performance against West Virginia. But he still can improve his consistency in his final season.
Deante Burton finally showed last season what he could do with all that promise in a breakout performance against West Virginia. But he still can improve his consistency in his final season.
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#6 Deante Burton
Redshirt Senior
6-2 | 209
Manhattan, Kan.

Bio

Position: Wide Receiver

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Deante Wayne Burton (b. July 12, 1994) is a local product who became K-State’s top wide receiver his junior year.

He has played in 35 career games with 22 starts and will look to take another step forward and have an increased role on offense while offering leadership for a young receiver group and continuing to help on special teams.

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

Burton's playing time increased dramatically in 2014, when he appeared in all 13 games, making nine starts and hauling in 17 passes for 171 yards, including a then-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 started all 13 games last season, leading the team in catches (38), yards (510) and touchdown receptions (four). He had his best career game in the regular-season finale against West Virginia by hauling in five passes for a career-high 135 yards and a touchdown en route to Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week accolades.

His touchdown spanned 77 yards in the third quarter — K-State’s longest play from scrimmage in 2015 — and gave the Cats their first lead of the game. It tied for 12th-longest pass play in school history and the longest since 2013.

Burton set his initial career high with five catches against Louisiana Tech and tied that mark on three other occasions (TCU, Texas, West Virginia). He caught his first career TD in the season opener against South Dakota.

He 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.

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

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.