Wednesday, February 11, 2009

1969 Glendale Stamps Bo Burris

Bo Burris played football for the University of Houston from 1964 to 1966. One of his biggest claims to fame is that he was the first Veer quarterback. Hall of Fame Coach Bill Yeoman developed the Veer in 1964. I've read two stories on how the Veer was invented.

The first story has an offensive tackle missing a blocking assignment on a play during practice, but the play was successful due to the lineman's error. Yeoman had the lineman do the same thing and developed blocking schemes based on that.

The second story has Cougar defensive tackle Gus Brezina disrupting plays during practice. So Yeoman developed a scheme to intentionally let Brezina through and run by him.

Whatever the story, Yeoman developed a blocking scheme and option attack that Bo Burris led to perfection.

In 1966, Burris' led Cougar offense led the nation in total offense. The team went 8-2 and ended the season ranked 19th in the UPI poll.

Burris' name is all over the UH record books.

The good:

  • Longest pass play: 99 yards to Warren McVea vs Washington State (9/23/66)

  • 7th longest pass play: 87 yards to Ken Hebert vs Tampa (10/29/66)

  • 9th most TD passes in a season: 22 in 1966

  • 9th most TDs responsible for in a season: 26 in 1966

  • 11th most career passing yards: 3,250

  • 9 most career TD passes: 35

  • 7th most career TDs responsible for: 41

The bad:

  • Most interceptions in a game: Tied for 1st with 7 vs Mississippi (10/22/66)

  • Most interceptions in a season: 1st with 21 in 1966

(Case Keenum is pushing Burris down many of the record lists)

In 1967, Bo was drafted in the second round by the New Orleans Saints. As a pro, he played defensive back. He played three years for the Saints from 1967 to 1969.

For Bo Burris collectors, there aren't many items out there. Today's collectible is the 1969 Glendale Stamp of Burris. Glendale Stamps measured 1-13/16" x 3-15/16" and were designed to be placed in stamp albums. The front features a rather bland headshot of Burris with no text or graphics. The back lists the name, team, and instructions on how to place the stamp in an album.

It's not a very exciting collectible although stamps are a little different than your standard card. But such a great and important Cougar player deserves a place in every UH collection.

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