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Wildcats add big weapon to offense

April 28, 2005

Albany - The winless South Georgia Wildcats need something to turn their season around.

The Wildcats are hoping that something or someone is offensive specialist Matt Burstein.

Matt Burstein may not be a household name in south Georgia but every one in the Arena 2 League knows he was the AF2 offensive player of the year in 2004 with 43 touchdown receptions and over one thousand yards returning kicks .

In fact, Wildcats coach Chris Siegfried traded his starting quarterback for the former Arkansas Razorback early in the 2002 season.

With Burstein, Siegfried and the Cape Fear Wildcats won 37 games and made three straight trips to the playoffs.

Burstein was scheduled to play this season in the Arena Football League at Grand Rapids but never got the chance when he tore his hamstring on the first day of training camp.

Now he is healthy and ready to get the Wildcats back on the winning track.

Matt Burstein said "It is not just that one person but by me coming out here I hope we can just come together a little bit more as a team and get a win this week."

Coach Chris Siegfried said "Might be the spark that we need. But I believe we have got good players already Matt is just going to enhance us and give us that little bit to take us over the top.

To make room for Burstein on the Wildcats rosters, South Georgia released Shannon Gainey.

Burstein will be in uniform for Saturday's game at the Civic Center against the Albany Conquest.

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