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Burney's Bites will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Monday, July 13, 2009

A Huge Day For Hurst

Faced with his last chance to make an impression on any DI college coaches looking to fill remaining spots on their roster before camp opens next month, West Bloomfield's Chris Hurst came through big time. The 6-2 uncommitted wide receiver was one of 11 Oakland County gridiron gladiators selected to play in the 2009 East-West All Star Game, which took place this past Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. When it was all said and done, Hurst, made the biggest impact on the game for either team - the West defeated the East 43-22. With his eyes on the prize - a potential DI playing offer - Hurst went ballistic on the field, chewing up over 200 yards of total offense for his squad in the loss. He caught five balls for a game-high 141 yards and a TD, as well as returning a kickoff for a scintillating 84 yd score the put his team back in the game in the fourth quarter.  For Chris's sake, I hope some coaches took notice, because he is without a doubt a mid-level DI ball player. Schools like EMU, CMU, or WMU could really snatch up a diamond in the rough if they added this kid to their rosters. In addition to being a bonafide stud in the slot or on the outside, Hurst (also a standout hoops player in his High School career) is a character guy with a workhorse attitude that endears him to those he plays for and with. I know Chris is ready to commit to D2 Central State in Ohio if no offers come his way in the next few weeks.  No doubt, he'll do well there. But, at the same time, I know this kid is DI-worthy and I hope he gets his shot to play with the big boys.  Good Luck, Chris! Burney will be rooting for ya!


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