Burnett named NJCAA First-Team All-American

Kilgore College linebacker Troy Burnett was named as a NJCAA First-Team All-American.

Burnett, a sophomore for the Rangers, had 102 tackles, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble in nine games during the 2017 season for the Rangers. Burnett has been one of KC’s top players in both of his seasons at KC where the Rangers’ defense was among the best in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference.

As a freshmen at KC in 2016, Burnett led the NJCAA in tackles with 167. He was also an Associated Press Class 5A first-team all-state selection in his senior year in high school.

“That’s a really impressive individual honor,” KC head coach J.J. Eckert said, “to be named first-team all-conference as a freshmen and sophomore, and honorable mention NJCAA All-American as a freshmen and first-team as a sophomore. He was our defensive captain (this season.”

The Rangers were 5-4 in 2017 and barely missed the playoffs. KC’s defense allowed 168 rushing yards, 180 passing yards and 24 points per game.

Burnett, from Missouri City, Texas, is one of just five players from the conference that made this year’s first-team All-American list. The others: Navarro offensive lineman Levon Livingston, Trinity Valley offensive lineman Matt Martin, Blinn defensive lineman Antwuan Jackson, and Navarro defensive back Benjie Franklin.

Like many at this time of year, Eckert said Burnett is narrowing his choices for his next college destination.