Rose Bowl champion Trojans playing seven games at L.A. Coliseum, open Sept. 2.
The Trojans recorded 629 yards of total offense
Max Browne and Sam Darnold passed for two touchdowns apiece, Adoree Jackson returned a punt 77 yards for a score, and USC rebounded with a 45-7 victory over Utah State on Saturday.
CAREER: He has 66 catches for 783 yards (11.9 avg) with 4 TDs in his career, along with 31 yards on 3 carries (10.3 avg), 4 punt returns for 26 yards (6.5 avg) and 2 tackles. He has 5 career starts.
2017: Burnett, who opened eyes with his impressive showing throughout 2016, figures to earn a starting wide receiver role as a junior in 2017.
2016: The elusive Burnett was called upon often as a promising and sure-handed wide receiver as a sophomore in 2016. Overall in 2016 while appearing in all 13 games (and starting the last 5 as a third wideout), he had 56 catches (second on USC) for 622 yards (11.1 avg) with 7 TDs, as well as 3 carries for 31 yards (10.3 avg), 4 punt returns for 26 yards (6.5 avg) and 2 tackles. He made the 2016 AP All-Bowl Team first team, ESPN All-Bowl Team first team and ESPN Pac-12 All-Bowl Team first team.
Burnett had 4 receptions for 26 yards and a 15-yard punt return against Alabama, 3 catches for 24 yards (with a 13-yard TD) and a 12-yard rush against Utah State and 3 receptions for 41 yards at Stanford. He had 7 catches for 93 yards against Arizona State, then 5 for 34 yards against Colorado, an 11-yard catch at Arizona and a 13-yard TD catch and a 15-yard rush against California. Against Oregon, Burnett had a game-high and career-best 7 catches for 87 yards (with a 2-yard TD) and he had a tackle. He had 4 grabs for 67 yards at Washington, 3 catches for 28 yards, a 4-yard rush and a tackle at UCLA and 5 catches for 34 yards against Notre Dame. Against Penn State, he caught 13 passes for 164 yards with a Rose Bowl record-tying 3 TDs (all career bests), including scores of 26, 3 and 27 yards (the last TD tied the game with 1:20 to play); the 13 receptions were the second most ever in a Rose Bowl.
2015: He was a reserve wide receiver as a first-year freshman at USC in 2015. Overall in 2015 while appearing in 12 games (all but Arkansas State and Stanford), he caught 10 passes for 161 yards (16.1 average). He had a 10-yard catch against Idaho, then 3 receptions for 53 yards at Notre Dame, 3 grabs for 82 yards at California, a catch for minus 6 yards against Arizona, a 9-yard reception versus UCLA and a 13-yard catch versus Wisconsin. He enrolled at USC in the fall of 2015 and was awarded a scholarship by virtue of an NCAA rule known as “blueshirting” (it allows a non-recruited student-athlete to receive athletic financial aid after beginning practice and have that student-athlete count towards the next year’s signing class if the school has reached its NCAA-maximum aid limit for the current year).
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2014 South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay second team and All-Mission League first team as a senior wide receiver at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He had 27 receptions for 545 yards (20.2 avg) with 5 TDs in 2014.
As a junior in 2013, he had 12 catches for 186 yards (15.5 avg) with 2 TDs.
He completed 8-of-11 passes (72.7%) for 65 yards with 1 TD and ran for 25 yards on 6 carries (4.2 avg) as a 2012 sophomore. Current Trojans Olajuwon Tucker, Jalen Greene, Jalen Jones, Rasheem Green, John Houston Jr., Oluwole Betiku, C.J. Pollard and Christian Herrera also prepped at Serra.
PERSONAL: He is a communication major at USC.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH DEONTAY BURNETT