BY COLLIN BROOKS
David Crockett quarterback Ryan Burger has announced that he will continue his football career as a walk-on at East Tennessee State University.
The signal caller said that he chose the Bucs because he wanted to stay close to home and he liked the challenge that it presents.
“I chose ETSU because I know how it feels to build a program,” Burger told the Herald and Tribune. “I have been in their shoes and I see potential in ETSU football. It’s an opportunity to stay close to home where the people who love me can watch me play and I have a great support system. It’s been a long ride but I know I made the right decision. ”
In the 42 years before Burger at David Crockett the Pioneers made one playoff appearance. During Burger’s tenure, the Pioneers qualified for the playoffs for three straight years.
He threw for 6,336 yards in his career and accounted for 48 touchdowns through the air. He carried the ball 275 times during his career, and accounted for 1,222 yards and 25 touchdowns.
David Crockett football coach Jeremy Bosken is happy that his quarterback will be staying close to home.
“He is a great person, great leader and a great football player,” he said. “He is one of the best pure passers to ever come though this area and his stats prove that.”
Burger knows that with ETSU already having four quarterbacks on the roster that it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge that he is willing to accept.
“I sat down with coach (Mike) O’Cain and we’re on the same page,” Burger said. “But with my work ethic I feel comfortable with the decision.”