BURNETT WILL START AT QB
A shoulder injury has shelved starting quarterback Chase Burnett for the time being, but Cumberland football coach Dewayne Alexander says true freshman Christian Burnett will be a more than adequate replacement.
CU will take a 1-3 record on the road to McKenzie Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. contest with Bethel College. Live radio coverage from Wildcat Stadium begins at 6 p.m. on WANT FM-989. and around the world on the Internet at www.cumberland.edu.
Burnett, who hails from Acworth, Georgia, is a product of Harrison High School in Kennesaw where he passed for over 1,000-yards twice in his career. Burnett will have the advantage of taking 100 percent of the reps with the first unit all week -- as opposed to limited practice time over the past two weeks due to wet conditions.
"With us practicing inside and in parking lots, Christian didn’t get a lot of work," Alexander said, "that hasn’t been the case this week."
Burnett threw four inter-ceptions against the Patriots, but two were fourth quarter "Hail Marys" and another came off a spectacular leaping effort from a UC defensive end.
"Christian has played in big games before, state finals and semifinals in the Goergia Dome," Alexander said. "He’s a tough competitor and with a week of practice under his belt he’ll do just fine."
Cumberland is coming off a heart-breaking 14-13 home loss to No. 6-ranked Univ. of the Cumberlands. Bethel enters the contest 0-4 following last week’s 21-13 loss at Bel-haven in Jackson, MS.
The Wildcats led Belhaven in eight offensive catergories, but turned the ball over five times -- three fumbles and two INTs. Bethel’s Josh Boyd had his best rushing performance as a Wildcat with 140 yards on 28 carries.
CU fans can hang around in McKenzie after the game to attend a USA Championship Wrestling show with WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler. The Memphis legend will toss the coin during pregame ceremonies. Tickets for the show in Dishman Gymnasium are $10 per person.
CU supporter yard signs: The Alumni Office is distributing yard signs that say "Proud Supporter – Cumberland University". Interested parties must make a $10 donation to the Annual Fund. Signs may be picked up in the Alumni Office or can be mailed to those out of town patrons. More information may be found at: www.cumberland.edu/alumni/cupride.