• SEC Academic Honor Roll (1999, 2000)
• Verizon Academic All-America nominee (2000)
A wide receiver for three years, he moved to inside linebacker in the spring … Showed some aptitude for the new position … Also will be counted on for special-teams contributions … Outstanding student … Has played in 25 regular-season games, starting three.
2000 (Junior): Played in all 11 games … Made two catches for 28 yards, including a 21-yard grab at LSU … Made one tackle in special-teams action … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second year and also earned a nomination for the Verizon Academic All-America team.
1999 (Sophomore): Played in nine games ... Started the season opener vs. Louisville and caught one pass for 13 yards ... Also made two tackles on special teams during the season ... Sustained a hamstring injury vs. Mississippi State and missed the final two regular-season games ... Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
1998 (Freshman): Played in five regular-season games plus the Outback Bowl ... Started against Vanderbilt and Tennessee ... Caught one pass for three yards in the win over Eastern Kentucky ... Also played four games for the Wildcats’ junior varsity team.
High School: Three-year starter at wide receiver for The Woodlands (Tex.) HS … Caught 24 passes in his senior season, good for 356 yards and three touchdowns … Career stats feature 51 receptions for 812 yards and 11 TDs … Also started at cornerback as a senior and had one interception … Two-year selection on the all-district, all-county, and All-Greater Houston area teams … Chosen third team on the preseason All-Super Texas Team … Tabbed as one of the top 50 players in Texas by First Down Recruiting … Helped lead The Woodlands to one district championship and three consecutive years in the playoffs … Coached by Weldon Willig … Also participated in baseball and track … Competed in the 100-meter dash, the long jump, and the sprint and mile relays … Ran a leg on the district champion 1600-meter relay team … Member of Young Life and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes … Graduated cum laude … Final choices included UK, Purdue, and Tulane.
Personal: Full name is Michael Joseph Beirne … Last name is pronounced “BURN” … Born 7-27-79 in Houston … Son of Jim and Jodie Beirne … Comes from a great football family … Mike’s father, Jim, was an All-America wide receiver at Purdue and enjoyed a long professional career with the San Diego Chargers and Houston Oilers … Mike’s older brother, Kevin, was a two-time all-state receiver, went to Texas A&M, and is now a baseball pitcher with the Chicago White Sox … Major is management.
The Cats’ Cause: Participated in UK’s “Schoolhouse Rock” academic pep rally for 4,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students (2000).
Beirne Career Statistics
Year Position G-GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long 1998 Wide Rec. 5-2 1 3 3.0 0 3 1999 Wide Rec. 9-1 1 13 13.0 0 13 2000 Wide Rec. 11-0 2 28 14.0 0 21 Totals 25-3 4 44 11.0 0 21