ACC: Kendrick Burney

ACC on watch lists: updated

August, 26, 2010
Earlier this month I compiled a list of all of the ACC candidates who have been nominated for college football's major awards. A few more have since been released, so I figured it was time for an updated version. This one includes the Lou Groza Award, the Butkus Award, the John Mackey Award, and Doak Walker Award.

Here is the updated list:

BEDNARIK AWARD: Presented to the nation's most outstanding defensive player by the Maxwell Football Club.
  • Marvin Austin, North Carolina
  • Allen Bailey, Miami
  • Kendric Burney, North Carolina
  • Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
  • Brandon Harris, Miami
  • Mark Herzlich, Boston College
  • Luke Kuechly, Boston College
  • Colin McCarthy, Miami
  • DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson
  • Robert Quinn, North Carolina
  • Alex Wujciak, Maryland
BILETNIKOFF AWARD: Presented to the nation's most outstanding wide receiver by the Tallahassee QB Club Foundation. BUTKUS AWARD: Presented to the nation's most outstanding linebacker by the Butkus Foundation
  • Bruce Carter, North Carolina
  • Mark Herzlich, Boston College
  • Nate Irving, NC State
  • Luke Kuechly, Boston College
  • Colin McCarthy, Miami
  • Adrian Moten, Maryland
  • Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
  • Sean Spence, Miami
  • Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
  • Alex Wujciak, Maryland
DOAK WALKER AWARD: Presented to the nation's most outstanding running back by the SMU Athletic Forum
  • Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech
  • Darren Evans, Virginia Tech
  • Montel Harris, Boston College
  • Da'Rel Scott, Maryland
  • Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
LOU GROZA AWARD: Presented to the nation's most outstanding kicker by the Palm Beach Sports Commission
  • Casey Barth, North Carolina
  • Matt Bosher, Miami
  • Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
  • Robert Randolph, Virginia
  • Will Snyderwine, Duke
JOHN MACKEY AWARD: Presented to the nation's most outstanding tight end by the Nassau County Sports Commission
  • Dwayne Allen, Clemson
  • George Bryan, NC State
  • Brett Huffman, Duke
  • Zack Pianalto, North Carolina
MAXWELL AWARD: The Maxwell Award has been presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937 and is named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. WALTER CAMP AWARD: Presented to the nation's most outstanding player by the Walter Camp Foundation.
  • Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
  • Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY: Presented to the nation's most outstanding defensive player by the Charlotte TD Club.
  • Marvin Austin, North Carolina
  • Allen Bailey, Miami
  • Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
  • Bruce Carter, North Carolina
  • Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
  • Brandon Harris, Miami
  • Mark Herzlich, Boston College
  • Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson
  • Luke Kuechly, Boston College
  • DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson
  • Robert Quinn, North Carolina
  • Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
  • Alex Wujciak, Maryland
DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD: Presented to the nation's best quarterback by the Davey O'Brien Foundation.
  • Jacory Harris, Miami
  • Joshua Nesbitt, Georgia Tech
  • Christian Ponder, Florida State
  • Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
  • Russell Wilson, NC State
OUTLAND TROPHY: Presented to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman by the FWAA.
  • Marvin Austin, North Carolina
  • Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech
  • Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
  • Thomas Claiborne, Boston College
  • Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech
  • Marcus Forston, Miami
  • Orlando Franklin, Miami
  • Rodney Hudson, Florida State
  • Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson
  • Ryan McMahon, Florida State
  • Alan Pelc, North Carolina
JIM THORPE AWARD: Presented to the nation's most outstanding defensive back by the Jim Thorpe Association.
  • Kendrick Burney, North Carolina
  • Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech
  • Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
  • Brandon Harris, Miami
  • DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson
  • Deunta Williams, North Carolina

UNC spring wrap

May, 7, 2010

2009 overall record: 8-5

2009 conference record: 4-4

Returning starters

Offense: 10, defense: 9, punter/kicker 2

Top returners

WR Greg Little, QB T.J. Yates, TB Shaun Draughn, TE Zack Pianalto, DE Robert Quinn, DT Marvin Austin, LB Quan Sturdivant, LB Bruce Carter, CB Kendrick Burney, S Deunta Williams, S Da’Norris Searcy, CB Charles Brown

Key losses

OT Kyle Jolly, DE E.J. Wilson, DT Cam Thomas

2009 statistical leaders (* returners)

Rushing: Ryan Houston* (713 yards)

Passing: Yates* (2,136 yds)

Receiving: Little* (724 yds)

Tackles: Sturdivant* (79)

Sacks: Quinn* (11)

Interceptions: Williams* (6)

Spring answers

1. Offensive line potential. There were signs this spring that UNC fans can expect the offensive line to be better -– as long as everyone stays healthy. Center Jonathan Cooper started nine games as a freshman last year, guard Alan Pelc will be a three-year starter, Carl Gaskins has drawn rave reviews the past two years, and Travis Bond played well in his start against Pitt’s physical defensive line in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

2. Little leader. After the success he had last season cementing his position as the team’s top receiver, Greg Little took more ownership of an offense that needs it. His success carried over to spring drills, and it’s clear he’ll be the leader of a group that returns its top 13 receivers from a year ago.

3. Draughn back on top. He was injured in the ninth game and missed the rest of the season, but reasserted himself as the main man this spring with Houston out to concentrate on his academics. (Houston wasn’t suspended, he just needed some extra time to focus). Draughn appears to be the likely starter heading into the fall.

Fall questions

1. The Yates debate. It’s one of the biggest questions in the conference this season: Will rookie Bryn Renner unseat Yates as the starter? Coach Butch Davis has said that Renner will play against LSU, but how much and when is anybody’s guess. Odds are it would take a remarkable performance by Renner in summer camp or an injury to Yates for him to lose his job before the season opener.

2. Overall offensive improvement. How much better can the offense be? It has to be better than 108th in the country in total offense. The Tar Heels have got to run the ball better, no matter who the quarterback is. There are no longer three freshmen on the offensive line, and if everyone stays healthy, that leaves no more excuses.

3. Defensive line tweaks. Even one of the most talented defenses in the country has a few holes to fill, and it’s up front for the Tar Heels, were defensive end E.J. Wilson and tackle Cam Thomas have to be replaced. Tydreke Powell is the frontrunner to take over at tackle and Quinton Coples and Michael McAdoo will continue to compete this summer. McAdoo had four sacks and an interception in the spring game, a performance that kept him in the conversation.

ACC position superlatives: North Carolina

March, 9, 2010
We resume our series of the strongest and weakest positions for each team in the ACC with North Carolina:

Strongest position: Defensive backs

Key returnees: Deunta Williams, Da’Norris Searcy, Kendrick Burney and Charles Brown

Key departures: Melvin Williams

The skinny: This might be the deepest position/unit in the conference, as North Carolina returns 14 players who were defensive backs a year ago, including all four starters. UNC was 14th in the country last year in both pass efficiency defense and pass defense. Both Burney and Williams opted to return to Chapel Hill instead of enter the NFL draft and the Heels will be better for it. They combined for 11 interceptions and 314 interception return yards in 2009. Burney had five interceptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns, while also recording 52 tackles and three pass breakups. Williams led the team with six interceptions for 114 yards and had 47 tackles and eight pass breakups.

Weakest position: Offensive line

Key returnees: T Mike Ingersoll, G Alan Pelc, C Jonathan Cooper

Key departures: Kyle Jolly, Lowell Dyer

The skinny: The staff’s goal this spring and summer is to find the biggest and most athletic players up front. Cooper, the top returning player on the line, played guard last year as a redshirt freshman and will move to center this spring. That’s where the staff had hoped Cooper would wind up when they first signed him. Cam Holland will likely be relegated to a backup role. The staff recruited well at the position and will get some help immediately from James Hurst, the top recruit in the class. Both Hurst and T.J. Leifheit have already enrolled. Travis Bond started the bowl game at guard, and with Pelc, Bond and Cooper on the interior, this group could get a much-needed upgrade.

ACC announces Players of the Week

November, 16, 2009
Here are the weekly ACC honors, straight from the league office in Greensboro:

OFFENSIVE BACK – C.J. Spiller, Clemson, RB, Sr., 5-11, 195, Lake Butler, Fla. (Union County)

Clemson senior running back C.J. Spiller had a hand in a Tiger touchdown in three different fashions in a 43-23 win at NC State. Spiller threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to teammate Xavier Dye in the second quarter that gave Clemson a 16-point lead. He then scored on a 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Kyle Parker in the fourth quarter to become the first player in school history to rush for a touchdown, catch a touchdown pass, and throw a touchdown pass in the same game against a Football Bowl Subdivision team. Spiller piled on 158 all-purpose yards in the game, with 97 rushing yards, 48 receiving yards, and 13 kickoff return yards.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Cord Howard, Georgia Tech, G, Sr., 6-5, 308, Phenix City, Ala. (Central)

Georgia Tech senior guard Cord Howard garnered his second Offensive Lineman of the Week selection of 2009 in helping the seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets to a Coastal Division-clinching win at Duke. Howard helped anchor an offensive line that cleared space for 519 total yards of offense, including 306 rushing yards in Georgia Tech’s 49-10 win over the Blue Devils. Howard and the Yellow Jacket offensive line have paved the way for 300 or more rushing yards nine times this season, including the last six games in a row—all wins.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Ben Anderson, Georgia Tech, DT, Jr., 6-2, 274, Aiken, S.C. (South Aiken)

Georgia Tech junior defensive tackle Ben Anderson recorded five tackles, three for loss, and two sacks -- all career-highs -- against Duke. Despite allowing 10 first-quarter points to the Blue Devils, Anderson helped the Yellow Jacket defense blank Duke for the final three stanzas. Additionally, Georgia Tech limited Duke’s high-powered passing attack to just 256 yards and gave up only 25 rushing yards, while the defensive line pressured the Blue Devil offense for four sacks in the game.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Kendric Burney, North Carolina, CB, Jr., 5-9, 190, Jacksonville, N.C. (Southwest Onslow)

Junior cornerback Kendric Burney intercepted three passes and broke a 29-year old ACC single-game record with 170 interception return yards, including a 77-yard touchdown, in North Carolina’s 33-24 win over No. 12 Miami. Burney’s 170 yards also broke the school-record for interception return yards in a season and upped his career mark to 317, also a new school record. The junior returned his second interception of the game for a 77-yard touchdown, his second career interception return for a score. The 77-yard return is the seventh-longest in school history, while the touchdown tied him with six former Tar Heels who had two career interceptions returned for touchdowns, another school record. Burney returned his third interception of the day 46 yards before losing a fumble to teammate Melvin Williams, who ran the remaining 44 yards for the touchdown.

SPECIALIST – Casey Barth, North Carolina, PK, So., 5-11, 180, Wilmington, N.C. (Hoggard)

North Carolina junior place-kicker Casey Barth extended his streak of made field goals to 13 with boots of 22, 42, 32, and 33 yards against Miami. His 42-yarder in the second quarter matched a career-long and extended the Tar Heels’ lead to six points. Barth has connected on eight field goal attempts in the last two weeks.

ROOKIE – E.J. Manuel, Florida State, QB, Fr., 6-4, 225, Virginia Beach, Va. (Bayside)

In his first career start, Florida State freshman quarterback E.J. Manuel completed 15 of 20 passes for 220 yards in the Seminoles’ 41-28 win at Wake Forest. Manuel directed Florida State to three touchdowns and a field goal in its first four possessions, including a one-yard touchdown run of his own. In addition to his 220 passing yards, Manuel rushed for 45 yards on 10 carries, and threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to teammate Jarmon Fortson in the fourth quarter that put the Seminoles ahead by 19 points.