Tech seniors will wear Julian Burnett’s No. 40

To opposing defenses, it may have seemed that Georgia Tech linebacker Julian Burnett was everywhere.
“You go against Julian, you have to bring your ‘A’ game,” said Tech guard Omoregie Uzzi, a frequent practice-field opponent of Burnett’s.
In a salute to the Yellow Jackets star and fan favorite whose career ended with a neck injury in last December’s Sun Bowl, his former teammates will attempt to create a similar illusion. Starting Monday, when the Jackets open the season against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., players will take turns, game by game, wearing Burnett’s No. 40 jersey.
“I feel like that’s just our way, as a senior class and also as the Georgia Tech football team, to acknowledge to him that we appreciate everything you did for us, wish you could be out there with us,” quarterback Tevin Washington said.
Washington hatched the idea after last season, shortly after the team learned that Burnett’s injury would prematurely end his career. After agreeing on it with other rising seniors, Washington and others approached Burnett with the idea.
“He was like, Yeah, yeah,” Washington said. “He really liked it.”
Burnett won undying respect and admiration from teammates with his passion for the game and all-out style. Despite being one of the smallest players on the team, Burnett led Tech in tackles in 2010 and 2011. He was named a team captain last season as a junior and was selected second-team All-ACC.
“Julian was probably one of the hardest hitters that I’ve ever gone against, period,” Uzzi said. “When Julian comes downhill, you know he’s going to bring it, every single time.”
The seniors left the decision on who will wear No. 40 in which game up to coach Paul Johnson, although the coach was under the impression that it was up to the seniors when asked about it Thursday. Johnson’s only restriction was that no offensive lineman could wear it, since NCAA rules state that at least five offensive linemen must wear jerseys between 50 and 79 on each snap.
“I’m kind of disappointed about that,” Uzzi said.
Any other player, offense or defense, can wear No. 40. There is no rule against switching jersey numbers over the course of the season.
Defensive end Izaan Cross would love to trade his 94 for 40 for one game.
“’Rambo’ is a big part the team, huge part of the team,” he said.
To Washington, wearing No. 40 would be no small gesture, and he hoped to be the first.
“To even try to emulate the things Julian does on the football field, just play with that passion and that fire, I think it would mean a lot,” he said.

Practically speaking, it won’t be too difficult for equipment manager Tom Conner to handle. For each set of jerseys, he ordered a 40 in every size from medium through triple extra large. All he has to do is pull the appropriate size when he finds out who will wear it.

To Conner, Burnett was not one who needed to be in new gloves and cleats.

“That’s kind of who he is,” Conner said. “He loved to hit, and he loved to play football.”

It is fitting, perhaps, that a player who didn’t primp will be honored by a quarterback and defensive end, among others, wearing a number atypical for their positions.

“As long as they get the jersey fit in my size, I think I’ll look fine,” Washington said. “It’s more of a thing for him. I don’t care about style points.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

85 comments Add your comment

GTVegas

September 2nd, 2012
9:47 am

FIRST…..my first.

old tech grad

September 2nd, 2012
9:50 am

chas_jacket

September 2nd, 2012
9:52 am

Really hope JB will be on the sidelines – assume he will be. I can’t think of a better motivation for our D to really step up in Blacksburg. Go Jackets!

old tech grad

September 2nd, 2012
9:53 am

Wish Julian was still out there. Wish him luck in the future.

Good article Ken.

Ken Sugiura

September 2nd, 2012
9:58 am

chas_jacket – i don’t think he will be.
well done, GT Vegas.
Thanks, old tech grad. i thought it was a creative gesture on his teammates’ part.

btgt69

September 2nd, 2012
9:59 am

I hope we honor JB at home opener, maybe he could lead the team on the field or ride in the Reck. THWg

GTVegas

September 2nd, 2012
10:00 am

Fitting tribute, just wish the young man could wear it himself on the field.

Anyone see that Saint Richt has now admitted to certain players suspensions, but will not say how long those suspensions are? I find that very convenient. I guess he wants to have the flexibility of adding those players when he thinks they are “needed” instead of adhering to a fixed policy. He should be saying that they are “suspended for a minimum of X games and that their status beyond that would be evaluated week to week”. From the article over on the UGA site, the suspensions should have been for four games, at least for one of them.

I just wish I would have placed a bet on Buffalo and taken the spread. I have placed my bet for GT, so I have put my money where my mouth is, or at least where my hopes lie.

btgt69

September 2nd, 2012
10:03 am

oh no,, Blacksburg weather Monday night: thunderstorms , 60% rain chance,, pray for no cancellation for lightening.

JustinSyder

September 2nd, 2012
10:34 am

I hope the weather clears up for tomorrow night. Looks like there’s supposed to be thunder storms all day.

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September 2nd, 2012
10:36 am

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5150 UOAD

September 2nd, 2012
10:38 am

I’m BAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCKKKKKK

Who makes the decision who gets to wear #40?

I hope when O Smith wears #40 I see flash backs of Eddie Lee Ivory at Air Force in the Snow and & Ice

5150 UOAD

September 2nd, 2012
10:39 am

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

September 2nd, 2012
10:46 am

Great leadership by Tevin to come up with this idea for JB. Perhaps he’ll be the first to sport the jersey, would be fitting.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

September 2nd, 2012
10:53 am

Ken – any thoughts on how weather affects the game? Unless it’s a driving rain I wouldn’t think it changes the game plan for either side. The pigskin might get slippery if it’s wet but both sides will have to deal with it…my take.

George Stein

September 2nd, 2012
11:02 am

Will He be able to live a normal life, Ken?

Also, we trippy mane!

Mike Bell 790

September 2nd, 2012
11:23 am

Wrecker

September 2nd, 2012
11:33 am

Weather will affect the teams about evenly. Although Tech will only pass 7-12 times per game, they will pitch another 10-15 times per game, for a total of 30 chances the ball could hit the ground, about the same as the passes VPI will throw.

Paddy

September 2nd, 2012
12:19 pm

A number on a uniform for an in-school student is rare. He must be a special kind of guy for that kind of honor.I like how the Tech players handled this situation. Somebody is teaching life values to these players and they are listening.

keep up the good work

September 2nd, 2012
12:32 pm

an additional way to salute Julian Burnett is to

score 40 POINTS against the hokies.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 2nd, 2012
12:36 pm

KEN !!!

If you are reading this, UOAD asked me to tell you that whatever you said you did, apparently didn’t work, and he is still banned. Can you handle that for him? Thanks !!!

Jlight

September 2nd, 2012
12:46 pm

“Good Work,” I like that idea!

5150 UOAD

September 2nd, 2012
1:11 pm

afFowifnEWIOF

Supersize that order, mutt

September 2nd, 2012
1:12 pm

UOAD !!!!! Welcome home :)

5150 UOAD

September 2nd, 2012
1:13 pm

I’m Back………LOL :roll:

Supersize that order, mutt

September 2nd, 2012
1:14 pm

You HAVE been missed !!!

5150 UOAD

September 2nd, 2012
1:14 pm

Now time to go Bush Hog for awhile…..Not like Kentucky v Louisville at 3:30 is a bug deal…….

5150 UOAD

September 2nd, 2012
1:16 pm

I will say I want to get Flashbacks of Eddie Lee Ivory against Air Force in the Snow and Ice when Big O. Smith wears #40.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 2nd, 2012
1:18 pm

Just behave yourself, UOAD. Don’t spout off too much again. lol

Supersize that order, mutt

September 2nd, 2012
1:18 pm

Hell yeah !!!!

Not Disappointed!

September 2nd, 2012
2:30 pm

I think it’s a wonderful Gesture!

Now, beat vpi.

Ramblin Wreck!

1 4 GT

September 2nd, 2012
2:33 pm

What a totally COOL deal they have come up with. Apparently JB has the respect & admiration of the entire team. I hope CPJ lets TW wear #40 first and it inspires him to play so well they do score 40 on the castrated turkeys. Less that 24 hours now. Got my own tailgate going here at home. All alone. I can scream and jump and throw things all I want!! GOOOOO JACKETS THWVT THWGeorgie

1 4 GT

September 2nd, 2012
2:39 pm

I knew other schools try to things the right way in athletics with the SA’s they bring in. It is nice to know that the most storied program, that GT used to play quite often, is among their number. http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/37635910/

Augusta Buzz

September 2nd, 2012
2:44 pm

UOAD, I think you meant Eddie Lee Ivery.

Dave

September 2nd, 2012
2:54 pm

5150 UOAD…..1 more day and the crap starts…why not tell your buddies here, that you crossed the line yesterday and payback is comng

yeller bug

September 2nd, 2012
2:57 pm

Yep Eddie Lee got 323 yds I think, had the flu too—-ran a 70+ yd TD and then threw up on the sidelines.

Touch of class by the seniors….hope they all play like JB—110% and leave it on the field.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

September 2nd, 2012
3:06 pm

Julian we LOVE you and we miss you. I just hope we won’t miss you too much tomorrow if ya know what I mean.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 2nd, 2012
3:40 pm

@ Augusta Buzz…….Augusta here too. Did you formerly post under the name Augusta Jacket, or are you somebody new? I met Augusta Jacket at the Spring Caravan. Were you there too?

1 4 GT

September 2nd, 2012
3:48 pm

I believe Eddie Lee got 356 agin the USAF Falcons–w/out Google’s help.

Old man

September 2nd, 2012
4:06 pm

O, crap – that blow hard UOAD is back – guess he will now have to split his time again between the UGA blog and this one – well, at least the dawgs will get a 50% less put downs from him. Any chance, Ken, that you can permanently ban him at the first sign of anything less than “staying on topic”?

Supersize that order, mutt

September 2nd, 2012
4:14 pm

@ Old man……if you don’t like UOAD, then I suggest you go elsewhere. The rest of us like him and I, for one, consider him a good friend. Your loss, if you don’t like him

230gr Full Metal Jacket

September 2nd, 2012
4:50 pm

I second Super’s comment!!! Welcome back UOAD!!

cewbee

September 2nd, 2012
5:07 pm

I thought Ivery got 378 against Air Force

Key is for our guys to stay focused Monday. Go Jackets!

Tech is a joke

September 2nd, 2012
5:11 pm

Lovebirds back together……..how sweet
Go Hokies!!

gt40pinhd

September 2nd, 2012
5:14 pm

i hate being third but me too: go uoad! bye, bye old man.
ken, is julian still on scholarship? has he graduated or what?

Supersize that order, mutt

September 2nd, 2012
5:32 pm

Leave it to a perverted dwag to find sex in anything. I guess he ain’t gettin’ any at home…..po thang

just asking

September 2nd, 2012
5:42 pm

what time did the team make it into Hicksville? No word on ramblinwreck

Supersize that order, mutt

September 2nd, 2012
5:44 pm

I thought they flew up yesterday. Not sure

Tech is a joke

September 2nd, 2012
5:51 pm

Supersize
Shows how dumb you are. Did I say I’m a dawg fan. What a inbred idiot you are !!!!

Old man

September 2nd, 2012
5:56 pm

C’mon, Ken – are you gonna let Super talk like that? Plus, no tmany on hee like UOAD (except those that have already said so) – but if Super gets away with that stuff then your punishment of UOAD goes for naught.

5150 UOAD

September 2nd, 2012
6:03 pm

I just spent a few hours Bush Hogging………..
For you not so smart or young guys that don’t mean I was having sex with a lady that don’t know what a Razor or Waxing is. I was not hitting it with a 70’s porn star. I was driving a tractor cutting grass on a Farm.