MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin senior offensive guard Robert Burleigh garnered the program’s first preseason honor of the season after recently being tabbed to Lindy’s Sports 2017 Preseason All-FCS All-American second team.
Burleigh returns for his senior campaign after receiving All-Ohio Valley Conference first team honors following a stellar junior season where he anchored an offensive line unit which ranked as one of the best in the country. Burleigh was held responsible for just one sack on the season while pacing an offensive unit which ranked 24th nationally and first in the OVC in sacks allowed per game (1.25). As a squad, the Skyhawks posted a sack per dropback percentage of 4.79 percent to lead all league foes.
A native of Jackson, Tenn., Burleigh started in all 12 games for the Skyhawks at right guard while grading out at 84 percent or better all season. Manhandling opposing defenses, he was responsible for 42 knockdowns on the season.
Burleigh and the Skyhawks will officially open the 2017 regular season at home on Thursday, Aug. 31 against Clarion University at Hardy M. Graham Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. For individual game or season tickets, call the UT Martin ticket office at 731-881-7207.