Burney Receives Top Honor

Almost a year after verbally committing to North Carolina for football, Kendric Burney will receive today the highest honor a high school athlete can receive in North Carolina – the 2006 NCHSAA Male Athlete of the Year Award.

"Coach [Phil Padgett] told me yesterday morning," said Burney. "I had no earthly idea I was even up for it. He said he only put in two people for the award, and the other was Marcus Jones back in the day, and this was the first time he's had anyone receive such an award as this."

A three-sport star at Jacksonville (N.C.) Southwest Onslow, Burney played centerfield and picther on the baseball team, point guard on the basketball team, and quarterback and defensive back on the football team. He was named to the Associated Press All-State Team in both football and baseball.

During his senior football season, Burney rushed for 1,345 yards and scored 16 touchdowns, and passed for 478 yards. He averaged 10 tackles per game and finished as the school's career interception leader with 25.

In 2003 and 2004, Burney helped lead Southwest Onslow's football team to 2-A state titles. However, in 2005 the Stallions were knocked out of the playoffs in the second round and finished with a 10-3 record.

Burney received All-Conference and All-Area honors in basketball after ending his senior season with 14.5 points-per-game and six rebounds-per-game.

Although his baseball team recently missed out on the playoffs, Burney led his county in batting with an average reportedly over .500. During his junior year in baseball, he batted .424 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 15 RBIs. He also made 14 appearances as a pitcher and was 3-0 with two saves and a 1.24 ERA.

The achievement automatically enshrines Burney's high school career alongside the best high school athletes to ever come out of the state of North Carolina.

"It really hasn't hit me yet," said Burney. "Right now, I'm feeling shocked. It puts me in a category with all the greats like the Leaks and all that."

A Scout.com three-star football recruit, Burney signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of North Carolina in February. He intends to also walk-on the baseball team at UNC.

While he's set in the outfield on the baseball diamond, the Tar Heels' coaching football staff is still trying to determine where to play Burney on the gridiron.

"It's still wide open as far as DB or receiver," said Burney. "It all depends on how the summer goes with the summer workouts. I just want to play whichever one is the best fit for me and for the coaches. I'm just want to get out there and do what I do."

Burney is scheduled to enroll at UNC on June 19th.

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Brian Roseboro, T.W Andrews 1993-94
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Tyrell Godwin, East Bladen 1996-97
Julius Peppers, Southern Nash 1997-98
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Derrele Mitchell, R. J. Reynolds 2000-01
AJ Davis, Northern Davis 2001-2002
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