The 6-2, 230-pounder from Macon County High led his team to a 9-3 record by recording 150 tackles as an inside linebacker. Those numbers earned him All Middle Georgia status from the Macon Telegraph and All-State honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Burnam was offered and accepted a scholarship to Auburn after a strong performance at an AU summer football camp. He stood out in a large group of talented linebackers.
Inspired by his strong showing competing with other college prospects, he returned to Montezuma with confidence that he could be a key player who would help turn around a team that posted a 4-6 record in 2000. He did just that as he led Macon County High to more than double its victory total. The team reached the state playoffs where it lost to Americus, which was the defending state champion.
"It was disappointing to lose that game, but at least we lost to the team that went on and won the state championship again this year," he says.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Burnam played basketball as a junior, but is not on the team this year. However, he does plan to run track. "I think I will be on the 4x400 relay team," he says. "I think that will help me with my speed. I want to get my 40 time down to 4.4."...As a senior, Burnam intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown. He returned two punts for TDs, but both were called back due to penalties. He also had a kickoff return for a score that was called back for a touchdown. "They called clipping on each one," he says...He also saw spot duty on offense at receiver and made five catches...Burnam is being recruited for the Tigers by offensive line coach Hugh Nall. "He's cool," Burnam says.