Jeff Burris
Jeff Burris

Cornerbacks / Community Outreach

1st Season at UMass

Alma Mater:
Notre Dame '93


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A 10-year defensive back in the National Football League following a standout career at Notre Dame, Jeff Burris will bring his considerable knowledge of the secondary to UMass as the cornerbacks coach. Burris will also serve as the program's community outreach liaison as the Minutemen continue their approach to helping those in the surrounding areas.

A consensus All-America pick and 1993 senior tri-captain at Notre Dame, Burris played free safety for the Irish. One of the top defensive players throughout his career, Burris and the Irish went 11-1 and finished second in the final national polls in 1993. He was a first round selection (27th pick) in the 1994 NFL Draft taken by the Buffalo Bills where he played for until 1998.

In his first year with the Bills, he earned the NFL All-Rookie team. In 1998, he was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts as a defensive back. In 2001, he was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played until 2003.

Beginning his coaching career in 2007, Burris worked as a secondary coach at Fishers High School, where he helped work on the technique of cornerbacks and safeties as well as installing a defensive schemes.

In Sept. 2008, served a coaching internship with the Buffalo Bills.

Burris joined the United Football League's Sacramento Mountain Lions as the defensive backs coach in 2011 where he worked with long-time NFL head coach Dennis Green.

Burris is a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina where he graduated from Northwestern High School.

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