The summer Auburn verbal commitment played on a team that missed the state playoffs as a junior after getting off to a 4-1 start, but he vowed that would change in 2001. With the 6-2, 230-pounder making more than 100 tackles, Macon County finished the regular season with an 8-2 record and earned a berth in the state playoffs.
Burnam and teammates helped organize extra summer workouts to make the trip to the playoffs a reality. They advanced to round two with a 24-20 victory over Southeast Bulloch last Friday. This week Macon County is going for win No. 10 against top-ranked Americus High School, the defending state champions.
Burnam says that he respects Americus, but his football team doesn't plan to be intimidated. "We don't look at them as the number one team because we know they have been beaten and can be beaten," he says. "We are just going to attack them like everybody else. We are going to try to follow our game plan and have a lot of fun."
The four-year starter has played several positions, including running back, but has spent most of his time at linebacker this year. He is known as being an excellent pass coverage linebacker. He has intercepted two passes this year and returned one for a touchdown.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Auburn's first public verbal commitment says that verbal pledge is still strong even though other colleges have tried to line up recruiting visits. "I am going to Auburn and I am excited about it," he says. "Wherever they want me to play is fine with me." Burnam was offered a scholarship after a strong performance at an Auburn summer football camp. He was a standout in linebacker drills at a camp loaded with college prospects. Burnam runs a 4.52 in the 40, benches 325 pounds and is also a starter in basketball. He averaged 12 points per game as a junior.