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Thanks to his solid season, Burbrink earned a scholarship, but that still won’t keep him from playing with a chip on his shoulder.

“My hard work has paid off, but I’m still not satisfied,” he said. “I’m still working on my routes and my vision.”

Burbrink is thrilled to be heading home for the Military Bowl, allowing him an opportunity to play in front of his parents, who traveled to two games this year, at Florida and when the Falcons lost 37-0 at Virginia Tech. That was part of a 1-3 start that seemed to portend bad things for Bowling Green, but the Falcons rallied to earn a trip to D.C. as their reward.

“The night I found out [about the Military Bowl], I couldn’t sleep,” Burbrink said. “I was calling and texting everybody. It’s exciting to be able to play in front of friends and family and to have guys that played with you in high school coming out to support you.”

The bowl destination also has made Burbrink a popular resource among his teammates.

“Oh yeah, I get tons of questions every day,” he said. “They ask, ‘What’s the weather like?’ and ‘What’s fun to do there?’”

Burbrink is more than happy to answer, and more than happy to contribute to a winning team given his untraditional route to the starting lineup. He may not be a walk-on anymore, but he won’t rest on his laurels.

“I still have tons to prove,” he said. “We’ll get there.”