On Burris: Returning starting defensive end ... Coach Brown calls him one of the best defensive lineman in the conference ... A "lunchpail guy" and "a player you can trust" according to Brown ... Earned a scholarship in 2005 after being a walk-on ... Can play both defensive end positions ... A very talented athlete ... Has good size, speed and explosiveness ... Emerged as a big surprise during the 2004 season as he earned a starting job as a redshirt freshman ... Bulked up, adding on 20 pounds since coming to UMass ... Tremendous pass rusher with 30 career TFLs on 152 career tackles (20 percent of his tackles).
As a redshirt junior in 2006: Atlantic 10 Second-Team Defensive End ... Racked up 114 tackles in last 20 games (5.7 per game) over last two seasons ... Led team with 16 TFLs for 69 yards, ranked seventh in A-10 and 54th in the nation in TFL per game ... Led team with 8.5 sacks for 54 yards ... Tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 77, also had two fumble recoveries ... 12 TFLs in final eight games of season ... Made 35 tackles in last six games (5.8 per game) ... Five tackles vs. Appalachian State (12/15) in NCAA Final ... Career-high nine tackles including two sacks for 10 yards vs. #9 UNH (12/2) in NCAA Quarterfinals ... Seven tackles vs. Lafayette (11/25) in NCAA First Round ... Career-game with eight tackles including 4.5 TFLs for 15 yards and 2.5 sacks for 11 yards as UMass held Hofstra (11/18) to minus-1 yard rushing ... Six tackles vs. #19 Maine (11/11) ... Racked up 1.5 sacks for 14 yards at #9 New Hampshire (11/4), as he had three tackles ... Had six tackles and career-best 3.0 TFLs for 16 yards, a forced fumble and six total tackles at Northeastern (10/28) ... Six stops and a half-sack vs. Rhode Island (10/21) ... Five tackles at Towson (10/14) for 100th career tackle ... Four tackles vs. Stony Brook (9/23) ... Three tackles, 1.5 TFLs and pass break-up at Villanova (9/16) ... Forced two fumbles and had six tackles at Navy (9/9) ... Made seven tackles including a 7-yard sack vs. Colgate (9/2), finished with 1.5 TFL for eight yards.
As A redshirt sophomore In 2005: Started 10 of 11 games, making 49 tackles, tied for seventh on the team ... Had 20 solo tackles and 29 assisted ... Posted 8.5 TFL for 24 yards and 2.5 sacks for 11 yards ... Had at least five tackles in the final six games of the year for 36 of his 49 tackles on the season ... Made five tackles in each of the final three games of the season finishing at Hofstra (11/19) ... Five tackles at Army (11/12), a pass break-up and 0.5 TFL ... Made five tackles including three TFLs at Delaware (11/5) ... Set career high for second week in a row with eight tackles vs. New Hampshire (10/29), also had two TFLs and six-yard sack ... Seven tackles and a sack at Maine (10/22) ... Six tackles vs. No. 4 James Madison (10/15) as UMass held JMU to 157 total yards ... Posted three tackles, a 1/2 sack and 1.0 TFLs vs. Northeastern (10/8) as UMass held NU to just 72 yards of offense ... Racked up five tackles including 0.5 TFL vs. Rhode Island (9/24) ... Returned to action vs. Albany (9/17) and had four tackles, a fumble recovery and a tackle for loss ... Started seventh game in a row in 2005 opener at Richmond (9/1), making one tackle.
As a redshirt freshman in 2004: Named the team's Most Improved Defensive Player ... Played in all 11 games making 26 tackles ... Had 2.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss on the season ... Also had one pass break up ... Blocked a field goal and had four tackles vs. Maine (10/30) ... In most extensive playing time, had five tackles, three solo, vs. Delaware (9/25/04) ... Started at defensive end at James Madison (10/9) making four tackles including 2.5 for loss (12 yards) and one sack for 10 yards ... Made four solo tackles at Rhode Island (10/23) ... Posted second career sack and three tackles including one TFL at Northeastern (11/6) ... Started at right defensive end and tallied three solo tackles including one TFL vs. Hofstra (11/20) ... Made first career start at left defensive end at Boston College (10/2), made one tackle ... Had a half sack in his collegiate debut at Delaware State (9/4).
As a freshman in 2003: Redshirted.
Before UMass: Played one year of post-graduate ball for Coach Dan Smith at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. ... Totaled 58 tackles and seven sacks on the year ... Also rushed for 1,118 yards and 12 touchdowns as a running back ... Named 2002 New England Prep School Player of the Year ... Also played forward on the basketball team at Hotchkiss ... Previously played for Coach Scott Phipps at Southbridge High School.
Personal: Full name is David E. Burris ... Born July 11, 1984, in Boston, Mass. ... Son of Rosemary Boswell ... Brother of Eboney, Isaiah and Richard ... Majoring in Building Materials and Wood Technology ... Former walk-on, who earned a scholarship.