Honors & Awards
• Four Letters (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
• 2012 Kleberg Bank College Classic All-Tournament Team
• California Collegiate League All-Star Game (2010)
• 2009 Bearkat Classic All-Tournament Team
• Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
• Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2012)
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2011)
• Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2008, 2009, 2010; Spring 2009, 2010, 2011)
2012: Cory Burleson capped is Husker career in 2012 with his best season at the plate • Hit .273 with career highs in hits (36), runs (25), RBI (22) and steals (3) • Tied his career high in doubles with seven, same number he hit as a junior in 2011 • Was one of the top defensive catchers in the Big Ten Conference with 20 runners caught stealing in 38 attempts • Produced a pair of seven-game hitting streaks during the year • Ended the season with a seven-game hitting streak, including a double in his final at bat as a Husker at the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio • Scored a run in his first five games of the season • Was named to the Kleberg Bank College Classic All-Tournament team after the Huskers went 4-0 with two wins over Utah, while also defeating Texas A&M Corpus-Christi and UNLV • Notched his first double of the year and a pair of RBI in an 8-7 win over UNLV on Feb. 26 • Had two hits, including an inside-the-park home run, and two RBI against Louisiana Tech on March 15 • Drove in two more runs the following day against the Bulldogs • Tallied three RBI on March 24 in a 18-5 win over Illinois, the Huskers first ever Big Ten Conference win • Prodcued a season-high four RBI in game two of a double header at Indiana on May 6 with two hit, including one double • Went 2-for-4 at Michigan on May 18.
2011: Burleson started 30 games at catcher and another four at designated hitter for the Huskers in 2011 • Hit .223 on the season with two home runs and seven doubles, while ranking fifth on the team in RBIs with 21 • Marked the first time in his career that he drove in double-digit RBIs in a season after producing eight as a freshman and nine as a sophomore • Was solid behind the plate with just one error and threw out 14 runners • Had two or more RBIs on seven occasions, including two each in three of his first four games • Opened the season with a five-game hitting streak, as he had eight hits and six RBIs • Extended his career-long hitting streak to six games after ending the 2010 season with a hit against Texas Tech • Roped two doubles in the same game for the first time in his career against Air Force on Feb. 19 • Plated three RBIs on March 2, in a 13-1 win over Nebraska-Kearney • Was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and stole his only base of the season during a 5-4 win over Northern Colorado on March 22 • Had arguably the best game of his career during the series opener against Oklahoma State on April 1 • Went 2-for-4 with a career-high two home runs for a career-best four RBIs, marking the first multi-home run game of his career • Added two more RBIs in the series finale against the Cowboys to help the Huskers win 6-4.
2010: Burleson split catching duties with Patric Tolentino in 2010, hitting .274 with 14 runs scored in 33 contests • Played his best during the final month of the season, as he hit .391 (13-for-31) with a homer and five RBIs in his last 11 games • Totaled multi-hit games in his final four starts after having three in his first 28 contests • Saw time in all three games against Texas Tech, going 4-for-8 with a pair of multi-hit games • Collected his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two walks and scored twice against Creighton at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium on May 18 • Had one of the best games of his career, going 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs in the series finale at Missouri on May 16 • Enjoyed his best offensive weekend of the year, going 4-for-6 with a double, RBI and a run scored against Texas A&M • Picked up his first three-hit day of the season against the Aggies on May 1, going 3-for-4 with an RBI • Was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks against Wichita State on April 14 • Went 2-for-4 in a pair of starts against North Dakota, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored on March 31 • Went 3-for-5 in two games at the Rice Invitational, including a 3-for-4 effort with a pair of runs scored against Elon on Feb. 26.
2009: Burleson gained extensive experience behind the plate, hitting .275 with a homer and eight RBIs in 32 contests • Made 24 starts behind the plate, the most by a Husker freshman since Sean McKenna made 26 starts in 1990 • Totaled eight multi-hit games, including a career-high four hits against Sam Houston State on Feb. 28 • Was playing his best at the end of the season, hitting .500 over NU’s last nine games, including three multi-hit efforts • Hit .222 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in 15 conference games • Went 2-for-4 with a run scored against Baylor on May 15 • Paced NU to a victory over CSU Bakersfield on May 8, going 2-for-3 with his first career homer and three runs scored • Went 2-for-5 with a walk in a pair of starts against Missouri, including a two-hit day in the series finale on May 3 • Went hitless in three at-bats at Creighton on April 21, but stole a base and scored NU’s first run in a 4-3 12-inning win • Started the final two games of the series against No. 23 Texas A&M, going 1-for-7 with a double and a run scored • Made two appearances in the series at No. 11 Oklahoma, getting a pinch-hit single as part of a 1-for-2 day against the Sooners on March 30 • Was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in his Big 12 debut at Texas Tech on March 14 • Started twice against Cal State Northridge, going 3-for-8 with an RBI and two runs scored on the weekend • Named to the Bearkat Classic All-Tournament team, hitting .545 with four RBIs and three runs scored in two starts • Became the first Husker freshman since 2005 to enjoy a four-hit game, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs in a win over Sam Houston State on Feb. 28 • Was 2-for-7 in two starts against UL-Lafayette • Spent the summer playing for LaCrosse in the Northwoods League, hitting .172 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 37 contests • Finished fourth on the team with 26 walks and had a .363 on-base percentage.
Before Nebraska: Burleson was one of the top catchers in the state of Texas playing for Coach Dale Redman at Midland Christian • Collected second-team all-state honors as a senior, hitting .402 with five homers, 22 RBIs, a .728 on-base percentage and a .988 fielding percentage in helping his team to a state regional finals appearance in 2008 • Enjoyed his best game against Kerryville Tivy, going 3-for-3 with a homer, two doubles, a walk and three RBIs • Received all-state honors for the first time as a junior, hitting .396 with a .550 on-base percentage to lead his team to a state semifinals appearance • Started all four years behind the plate, earning all-district honors each season • Was a multi-sport standout, starting at quarterback, where he earned all-state recognition as a junior and senior • Guided his team to a state title as a junior, garnering MVP honors in the title game • Completed 158 of 300 passes for 2,529 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior, collecting first-team all-state honors and breaking seven school records in the process • Selected to the National Honor Society and carried better than a 4.0 GPA during his high school career.
Personal: Born on Feb. 4, 1990, in Odessa, Texas • Parents are Gayle and Jerry Burleson • Has one brother, Bryant • Major is finance.