Burns Recaps Junior Year
After earning All-State honors as a sophomore, Tyler Burns did all he could to elevate the football program at Wichita (KS) Trinity Academy in 2013. The 6-foot, 205-pound running back exploded out the gates, eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark after six games, including a 322-yard, 5 touchdown explosion in week five against Garden Plain. "It was a great season," Burns said, proudly. "We started off 4-0, beating two teams we've never beaten in the history of Trinity football. Then I hurt my ankle and missed a game. We started off good, but injuries hurt us." On the year, Burns rushed for 1,248 yards and 18 TDs, averaging 156 yards per game and eight yards per carry. He was a First Team All-Central Plains League selection after the season ended. "Up until I hurt my ankle, I felt like I was going to be better than my sophomore year," he said of the 2012 season, where he ran for 1,462 yards and 23 TDs. "I felt a little stronger and faster than last year. Everything was just clicking on all cylinders." Burns has drawn the attention of a number of college programs. The talented runner made unofficial visits to Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Ole Miss, and Nebraska this fall. "It's hard to pinpoint one," he said when asked which visit he enjoyed the most. "Nebraska probably had the best facilities, and the crowd, with the 330-plus sellouts. Ole Miss, that was a great environment playing Mizzou. I really liked Charlie Weis at KU, he seemed like a pretty honest guy." With an older brother playing in the defensive backfield at Kansas State, the Wildcats are already well aware of Burns' skills running the football. His older brother, Morgan Burns, is a KSU defensive back. "K-State has talked about offering me," he said of the Wildcats. "Their coaches came up during the season and were talking about offering soon. I think they like me quite a bit." Burns has also heard from the staff at Mississippi since his visit. "The people at Ole Miss, they seem to like me," he said of the Rebels. "They've talked to my dad and they seem to like me a lot."
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