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April 26, 2009Burnett to the SteelersBrandon PublisherTalk about it in The Dungeon - Knights OnlyUCF cornerback Joe Burnett was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the defending Super Bowl Champions, with the 32nd selection of the 5th round (168th overall).Burnett is the first Knight to be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft.Burnett's career highlights, courtesy of record setting cornerback and returner for the Knights who was named a first-team All-American as a senior in 2008, helped UCF to its first two bowl berths (2005 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl) and the school's first ever conference championship in 2007...Earned a total of eight career All-Conference USA honors, including a four-year sweep of the first-team punt returner award...Named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior...Graduated in 19th place for most career punt return yards in NCAA history with 1,304...That sum is both a UCF and Conference USA record...Set the UCF record, and ranked second in C-USA history with 16 career interceptions...Also set UCF career records for most punt returns (96) and the most interception return yards (262) while tying the mark for most punt return touchdowns (3)...Played in 49 career games with 46 starts...Amassed 221 career tackles (172) including 12 TFLs...Had 16 career interceptions and broke up 35 others...Also returned 96 punts for 1,304 yards (13.6 avg.) with three touchdowns and returned 26 kickoffs for 745 yards (28.7 avg.) and a pair of scored.

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