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Continued: Juniors hone their football skills

  • Article by: BRYCE EVANS SPECIAL TO THE STAR TRIBUNE
  • Last update: July 30, 2013 - 5:06 PM

Quotable: “Playing in [the Lake Conference] is a pretty huge jump from freshman ball. I was pretty nervous that first game.”

 

Jack Burns prefers to be busy. During the summer, he gets that wish.

He has football practice at Minnetonka High School twice each week with lifting and training every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Then he has both on- and off-ice offseason training for hockey, and a full slate of baseball practices and games.

Burnout isn’t a concern for Burns, though.

“I like it that way,” he said of the busy schedule. “[Playing multiple sports] is definitely an advantage. It keeps me in really good shape, and I get something new all the time.”

Last fall was a whole new experience for Burns, making the leap from playing freshman football to playing in what might be the state’s toughest conference as a sophomore. He started every game in 2012, playing outside linebacker in the Skippers’ 3-4 defense.

It was a different year for Minnetonka, too, as the Skippers lost every game on their Lake schedule before making a playoff run that ended with a trip to the state tournament.

“Our seniors really took me under their wing last year,” said Burns, whose season ended with a 21-18 loss to Eden Prairie. “We want to end this season with a ‘W.’ ”

And Burns will play a big role in that. At 6-2 and 215 pounds, Burns provides an imposing force on the Skipper defense. And heading into the fall, his focus is now solely on football.

“We’re expecting a really good year,” he said, “and I’m eager to get going.”

Adam Burige, junior, CB, Park Center

Football future: Undecided. The athletic defensive back says he “dreams of playing for the Gophers.”

Quotable: “I’ve been waiting for this next season to start ever since the end of our last game last year. I can’t wait to get out there.”

 

He hears it all the time. Whether it’s teammates on his AAU basketball team, or other metro football players he works out with, all of people share the same position on the subject of his choice in high schools.

Adam Burige transferred from state powerhouse Totino-Grace to Park Center before his sophomore season in 2011.

“Everyone acts like it was a huge mistake to leave a program like that,” Burige said. “I just want to prove everyone wrong.”

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