Junior Owen Burke posted 3,000 pass yards last season for his D’Evelyn squad hitting nearly 59% of his passes, spreading the wealth amongst multiple receivers, six of whom had double digit receptions.
The 6-3 Burke has good feet in the pocket and a strong presence as a QB. These attributes allow Burke to make quick decisions and get rid of the ball in the Jaguars spread offense.
Burke, a three sport athlete, also plays basketball and lacrosse, has a very busy offseason planned. Regarding improving his game Burke says, “The number one thing I've been working on is size, strength and speed. I've been in the weight room every day trying to gain mass and weight.” Burke is also placing, “a major emphasis on my footwork, this way I will be able to get rid of the ball sooner and make quicker decisions.”
This past season D’Evelyn finished 5-5, but with the return of Burke and multiple top performers, the Jaguars hope to make a playoff run in 2015. Burke, beyond his skill set as an athlete, is a great leader that keeps D’Evelyn focused. Burke’s combination of production and leadership, as well as a skill set that transfers to the next level make him an interesting prospect. FCS programs will take a look, while DIIs may gain a player to lead their program in the future.