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49 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Wesley Burris

In which BracketCat counts down the 49th day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of long snapper Wesley Burris.

#49 Wesley Burris
Wesley Burris (49) warms up prior to the 2017 spring game. He is coming off a redshirt season, but with three experienced long snappers ahead of him, playing time will be difficult to come by.
Courtesy Beau Burris

#49 Wesley Burris

Redshirt Freshman | 6-0 | 195 lbs. | Olathe, Kansas
Wesley Burris
Wesley Burris
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Long Snapper
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Beau Wesley Burris (b. Jan. 2, 1998) is a preferred walk-on long snapper who redshirted in 2016. His prep honors included being named to the all-state first team and honorable mention on the All-Sunflower League team. He also threw competed in track and field, throwing discus.

Burris played under head coaches Jeff Meyers and Jesse Owen at Olathe High School East, where he helped to lead the Hawks to an 8-3 record as a freshman in 2012, and a 9-3 mark and a district championship as a sophomore in 2013. He tallied six solo tackles from his long snapping position.

“Wesley is a very solid athlete who can play multiple positions on the football field,” said KCKicking.com.

“His size, speed and athleticism will help him to easily develop his snapping skills, and in turn, increase his snapping velocity and accuracy. He is very coachable. As only a freshman, Wesley’s snapping skills are comparable to those a few years older than him.”

For the time being, though, Burris faces a steep uphill climb to see playing time in 2017 He likely falls behind returning starter Drew Scott, returning backup Dalton Harman and 2017 spring game White team snapper David Tullis on the depth chart.

Here’s what Sports in Kansas, which named Burris one of its 25 specialty players to watch in 2015, had to say:

Burris, ranked as a four-star long snapper in the country, has over 150 in-game snaps in which none have been bad. Burris features great strength, benching 285 pounds and squatting 385, while showing the ability to cover with some decent quickness.

With a little added weight, currently standing 6-foot and 195 pounds, he should be college ready in no time. Don’t be surprised to see him on a Division I roster next fall.