Will Nyc Burns be the next Jake Hubenak or the next Richard Lagow? In case you haven't been following the migration patterns of Oklahoma State walk-on quarterbacks, Hubenak left Oklahoma State to transferred to Blinn Junior College in Texas where he became the leading passer in the NJCAA his only season playing for the Buccaneers and then transferred to Texas A&M on scholarship where he started a bowl game last season and will now start the remaining regular season games for the Aggies with former OU quarterback Trevor Knight being injured.
Lagow, originally out of Plano High School, had signed with UConn but after the summer he came back closer to home to walk-on as a freshman at Oklahoma State. But he saw the logjam with Mason Rudolph primarily as the starter. He transferred to Cisco Community College and then wound up on scholarship at Indiana and has had a great season including a close to 400-yard passing performance last week in the Hoosier win.
Burns walked on at Oklahoma State this season after one very successful season as a senior starter at Berryhill High School near Tulsa. He has run the scout team most of the season but now with freshman scholarship quarterback Keondre Wudtee getting scout reps, Burns is even limited there.
He sees three scholarship players, and 2017 committed Georgia high school senior Jelani Woods ahead of him. Behind Rudolph, who is expected to be back for his senior season, is talented veteran walk-on Taylor Cornelius, who has been the one walk-on to stay the course at Oklahoma State.
Burns needs to badly get somewhere that he can get game reps and experience. In his only season as a starting quarterback, he showed talent completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,860 yards, with 35 TD passes. He also rushed for 706 yards, averaging 6.0 per attempt.
Burns told the Tulsa World's Bill Haisten that he was grateful to Oklahoma State and hates to leave but knows he needs to if he is ever going to be a college starting quarterback.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity that OSU gave me. Coach (Mike) Gundy and Coach Yurcich (offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich) are top-notch and I’ve learned a lot from them," Burns said in the statement delivered to Haisten. "Not being a scholarship guy is an uphill battle every single day.
“I know life isn’t fair, but I’m looking for a better opportunity for me to play and be on scholarship," the statement from Burns continued. "This was a tough decision for me to make, but it comes down to finances. I don’t want to be saddled with student loans when it’s not necessary. I’ll forever be a Cowboy, but I need to be smart about my future.”