Burns Named First Team All-American

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior Morgan Burns earned his first postseason accolade on Tuesday by being named the USA TODAY Sports First Team All-American kickoff returner, the publication announced.
 
Burns becomes the 23rd player in school history to receive a First Team All-America nod, while he is the 17th under Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder. A product of Wichita, Kansas, Burns is the second player in school history to earn first-team honors as a kickoff returner, joining Tyler Lockett (2011).
 
The national leader in kickoff-return touchdowns this season with four – including three in the final four games – Burns tied a school and Big 12 record for return touchdowns and has five in his career to tie both the school and conference marks as well. His current 33.8-yard average ranks second nationally and third in K-State history, while he is also first nationally among active players with a 30.9-yard career average.
 
Burns set a school record with 221 kickoff-return yards this season at Texas Tech – a game that featured a 93-yard touchdown – and he also occupies the second spot on the list with 201 yards on only three returns in last week’s victory over West Virginia. He bookended his season with kickoff-return touchdowns as he took the season-opening kickoff 100 yards to paydirt against South Dakota and had a game-winning 97-yard return in the fourth quarter against the Mountaineers’ to help the Wildcats earn bowl eligibility with a 24-23 victory.
 
Kansas State, which won its final three games to become bowl eligible for the 19th time in school history and 17th time under Snyder, will play Arkansas in the 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl on January 2, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. The game will kick off at 2:20 p.m., and will be shown to a national audience on ESPN. The game can also be heard across the K-State Sports Network and on ESPN Radio.
 
Public tickets for K-State fans who did not place a pre-order are available now at the K-State Online Ticket Office and through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or via phone at 1-800-221-CATS. Fans are strongly encouraged to order through K-State’s official allotment to ensure that all Wildcat fans are seated in the official K-State sections of the stadium. The location for K-State’s ticket allotment at the Liberty Bowl is among the best of any bowl game with prime sideline seating locations available for $85. Student tickets, priced at $85, will go on sale at 2 p.m., Wednesday to ICAT members, while all remaining students can purchase tickets beginning Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
 
The K-State Alumni Association will also provide official travel packages to the bowl game. Visit the Alumni Association’s official bowl travel page – www.k-statesportstours.com – for travel package information.