2002: Now one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award (to be announced Dec. 12) as the nation’s top receiver, Burleson continues to lead the nation in receptions per game (11.5) and receiving yards (135.8) to his list of accomplishments. The first-team All-America selection (American Football Coaches Association, AFCA) and second-team by The Sporting News and CNN/SI, he already owns the one-game receptions (19) mark at Nevada, including 179 yards and a TD vs. UTEP. He has added the one-season mark (138) to his list of accomplishments. Named WAC Player-of-the-Week for his record-setting performance vs. UTEP, he fell just four short of tying the NCAA mark of 142. He was named a mid-season All-America by CNN.SI. Additionally, he is 14th (third in the WAC) in the NCAA in all-purpose yardage (152.9). He owns one WAC one-game mark (327 yards receiving), three season records and one career mark. The one-season marks include catches in a season, average receptions p/game (11.5) and number of 100-yard receiving games (9, tying the mark). His 7.8 receptions p/game for a career is a career mark in the WAC. With 72 points, he leads the team and is seventh in the WAC. On the Nevada career lists he ranks third (248) in receptions, fourth in yards receiving (3,293) and is seventh with 22 touchdowns. On the one-season charts, besides his reception mark, he is third in yards (1,629) while he is tied for fourth with 12 TD’s. He had 13 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown at SMU and went over the 1,000-yard barrier with his 13 catches for 107 yards at Louisiana Tech in adding his seventh TD of the year. In the last quarter loss to 25th-ranked Colorado State, Burleson had 12 catches for 173 yards and a TD. In the win over Rice, he had a personal best 14 catches and became the ninth Nevada receiver to top 2,000 career yards. Nate had the 16th-best receiving day as far as yardage (215) and combined for the third-longest pass play with a 95-yard touchdown from Zack Threadgill in one of the biggest victories in school history over BYU. He is one of four co-captains. He had seven of the top eight one-game reception performances in the WAC this season.
Nevada 2001: Had a spectacular spring after showing what he could do the second half of the 2000 season. Will be one of the big play and go to offensive weapons as a junior in 2001.
2000: Had a great first season as a sophomore, eligibility-wise but really as a red-shirt freshman with 57 catches and 921 yards to lead the team in both categories and eight touchdowns. Had a long of 80 yards.
1999: Red-shirted out of high school and lost his year of eligibility being a partial qualifier, though could get his fifth year back if he completes his degree in four years.
High School: Earned a total of eight letters playing football, basketball, and track at O’Dea HS in Seattle, WA. He was named second team all-state in basketball and Athlete of the Year. He has competed in three sports since he was nine.
Personal: Has yet to declare a major. He enjoys coaching youth at local boys and girls clubs, music, dancing, and movies. His father played for the CFL Stampeders and his grandfather was a professional boxer. The son of Alvin and Valerie Burleson. Born 8/19/81.
Statistics: Receiving Year G/GS Rec Yds AYds Long TD 2002 12/12 138 1629 11.8 95 12 2001 9/9 53 737 13.9 91 2 2000 12/12 57 921 16.2 80 8 1999 Red-shirt Ttls.32/32 248 3293 13.63 95 22