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SPORTS BRIEFS: Burger named third-team All-American

Burger named third-team All-American

Georgia freshman golfer Emilie Burger, a Mill Creek grad, has been named a third-team All-American by Golfweek Magazine.

Burger had a 74.06 stroke average this past season with five top-10 finishes, seven top-20 finishes and 11 rounds of par or better. She earned her first college win at the Auburn Invitational.

Reinhardt's Blalock gets NAIA honor

Reinhardt College senior baseball player Brad Blalock of Grayson was named a Daktronics/NAIA Scholar-Athlete, given to outstanding athletes with a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Blalock, an infielder, graduated magna cum laude last month with a degree in business administration.

Harris to sign books Saturday at Discover Mills

NFL Pro Bowl defensive back Walt Harris will sign copies of the new book, "NFL Dads Dedicated to Daughters," Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Books-a-Million store at Discover Mills in Lawrenceville.

Harris, a LaGrange native who played at Mississippi State, appears in the book with his daughters. The book features more than 70 current or former NFL players who share what it means to be the father of a daughter and offer advice on what men must do to stop violence against women.

Coveted QB signs with Georgia State

ATLANTA -- Former Alabama quarterback Star Jackson signed with Georgia State on Thursday and will join the Panthers' new football program.

Jackson, a 6-3, 209-pound redshirt sophomore from Lake Worth, Fla., is eligible to play this fall, beginning three seasons of eligibility. He joins the GSU quarterback race with redshirt freshmen Kelton Hill (Lithia Springs), Drew Little (McDonough) and Bo Schlechter (Wellington, Fla.).

"We're thrilled to have Star Jackson join our program," said head coach Bill Curry, whose Panthers kick off their inaugural season Sept. 2 against Shorter at the Georgia Dome. "He is obviously very talented. I had the opportunity to watch the Alabama spring game (on television), and I was very impressed with his poise and accuracy.

"I made it very clear that the starting job would not be handed to him and that he would have to work hard and earn it. Star responded exactly the way I would hope. He told me, 'Coach, I want to do whatever it takes to help you build the program.'"

As a redshirt freshman last fall, Jackson played in five games for the national champion Crimson Tide and completed 13 of 18 passes for 116 yards. He saw his most extensive playing time against North Texas, when he directed the offense for all but the opening drive of the second half and completed 9 of 13 passes for 87 yards.