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33 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Tyler Burns

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In which BracketCat counts down the 33rd day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of running back Tyler Burns.

#33 Morgan Burns
One Burns exits, another enters: Tyler Burns will take over his older brother’s number and legacy, but not his position, when he seeks to follow in Morgan’s footsteps.
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#33 Tyler Burns

Redshirt Freshman | 5-11 | 215 lbs. | Wichita, Kansas
Tyler Burns
Tyler Burns
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Running Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: On Scholarship

Tyler Cole Burns (b. Sept. 9, 1996) is a dynamic athlete who has high-end speed. He redshirted the 2016 season and was a co-winner of the team’s Red Raider Award as the top contributor on scout team, and now will compete to enter the running back rotation and play on special teams in 2017.

Burns originally signed with K-State out of high school in 2015, but deferred his enrollment to January. He rushed eight times for 23 yards and two touchdowns in the 2016 spring game, as well as five times for 19 yards in the 2017 spring game.

Burns’ older brother, Morgan, was a captain and 2015 All-American kick returner for the Wildcats. They didn’t play together because Morgan never redshirted, however.

Tyler played for Trinity Academy under head coach Jared McDaniel; was rated the eighth-best prospect in the state of Kansas by ESPN in 2015; was an All-Class 4A-II selection as both a running back and defensive back by The Wichita Eagle as a senior in 2014; and earned all-state honors as a running back from The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Burns was named the Central Plains League MVP in 2013 and 2014; was a first-team all-league running back as a sophomore, junior and senior; and also earned honorable mention all-league honors as a defensive back in 2013.