CAREER: Began his collegiate career as defensive end at University of Dayton before transferring to Notre Dame prior to 2008 season ... joined Irish as walk-on in 2008 but sat out season due to NCAA transfer rules ... earned scholarship prior to 2009 season ... played in 10 games for Irish as reserve tight end and caught two passes for 10 yards ... valuable contributor to multiple Irish special teams units ... made third-most appearances on special teams in 2009 with 183.
2009 (JUNIOR): Played in 10 games (did not play against Washington State or Navy) and started as second tight end in two games (at Pittsburgh and at Stanford) ... played primarily as H-back out of backfield or blocking tight end ... recorded two receptions for 10 yards ... recorded first reception in Irish career at Purdue ... broke tackle against Boilermakers and gained nine yards ... caught one pass for one yard at Stanford ... totaled 3:36 of playing time and made 183 special-teams appearances.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Made team as walk-on and sat out season after transferring from Dayton ... key member of Irish scout team.
2007 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Earned letter as defensive end at Dayton ... played in all 12 of Flyers' games and totaled team-high eight sacks to accompany 22 tackles and 11 tackles for loss ... named to academic honor roll for Pioneer Football League.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Did not play in first season at Dayton ... named Flyers' scout team defensive player of the year ... selected to academic honor roll for Pioneer Football League.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Team captain of football team as senior at La Salle High School in Cincinnati, Ohio ... played defensive end as well as tackle and fullback on offense ... only underclassmen to start on offense when La Salle advanced to 2004 state playoffs ... father Bob Burger was on Notre Dame's 1977 national championship football team and played offensive guard for Irish from 1978-80 ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in economics and set to graduate in December 2010.
Burger's Career Statistics