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Former DeMatha gridiron star shines at Bowling Green


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Published on: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

A DeMatha product has been honored for an outstanding performance on the gridiron in his team’s season opener.

Bowling Green State University redshirt sophomore wide receiver Ryan Burbrink scored his first collegiate touchdown in the Falcons’ 34-7 victory over Tulsa on Aug. 29 before a national television audience.

Burbrink, who scored the touchdown on a 67-yard punt return that helped propel the Mid-American Conference school to victory over a team picked to win its division in Conference USA, was named National Punt Returner of the Week and MAC East Division special teams player of the week.

An Anne Arundel County native, Burbrink returned three punts for 76 yards and caught two passes for 24 yards in the win.

Last season, Burbrink helped lead Bowling Green to an 8-5 record including an appearance in the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium where the Falcons fell to San Jose State, 29-20.

“It was a great season,” Burbrink said afterward. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get it done in the bowl game, but it was a good season.”

As a high school senior at DeMatha, Burbrink amassed 28 receptions for 632 yards and five touchdowns to help lead the Stags to a 10-2 record. A two-sport standout at the Hyattsville private school, Burbrink earned first team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honors and was named the league’s Co-Player of the Year during baseball season.

As a centerfielder, Burbrink compiled a .441 batting average with 34 hits, 27 runs, 26 stolen bases and 13 RBIs during his senior campaign.

“He was a phenomenal high school baseball player that would pick up the bat February 1st each year and then drop it May 31st and go play football,” said DeMatha head baseball coach Sean O’Connor. “And there’s not a lot of guys that can be a ‘Player of the Year’ in a conference and only play four months a year.”

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