Pigskin Preview: Burney Shines

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gearing up for his senior season, North Carolina commit Kendric Burney led the Stallions of Jacksonville (N.C.) Southwest Onslow into Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday afternoon to partake in the 2005 Pigskin Preview.

Southwest participated in a round-robin style tournament against Henderson (N.C.) Southern Vance, Hillsborough (N.C.) Cedar Ridge, and Wake Forest-Rolesville (N.C.). Although the Stallions left without the Boss Hog – given to the team that accumulates the most points, Burney feels his team left with something much more important.

"We still have a long ways," said Burney. "It turned out good, we didn't win the trophy, but it's not all about that. We've improved a lot. We found out a lot about each other doing this. We showed that our defense can step it up when we need them to."

Burney, who stars at both cornerback and quarterback for Southwest, recorded two interceptions and two rushing touchdowns. Both of his touchdown runs weren't short quarterback sneaks, but rather 40+ yard runs out of the triple-option in which he used Playstation2-like moves to elude defenders on his way to pay dirt.

With that sort of versatility it's no wonder the Tar Heels' coaching staff is finding it difficult to place classify Burney into one particular position.

"I think I'm going in as an athlete," said Burney. "DB or receiver – a slot receiver would be real nice. Wherever my coach wants me to do my role, that's what I'll do. But, really I'll love to play DB or receiver."

Burney's recruitment might be over, but he realizes his job this fall isn't only to lead Southwest Onslow to their its NCHSAA 2A state title in as many years. He's also helping with the Tar Heels' recruiting efforts.

"I call them up and get some recruiting done," said Burney. "I talk to Brandon Spikes now and then. I'm also trying to get Dekota [Marshall] a scholarship. I let them know how it is [at North Carolina], how they can go where you know you are going to get some playing time, and their family gets to see them."

Southwest Onslow opens up their 2005 season this Friday against East Columbus. On September 9th the Stallions will travel cross town to play rival White Oak and Deunta Williams.

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