Burn’s earns third straight Big 12 POW honor

Senior defensive back Morgan Burns runs down the field after catching a kick return during the football game against Iowa State University on Nov. 21, 2015 in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. K-State defeated Iowa State 38-35. (File Photo by Cassandra Nguyen | The Collegian)

For the third week in a row, the K-State senior corner back Morgan Burns was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.

Burns’ honor marks the first time in school history that any K-State player has won three consecutive weekly conference awards and the first time in the Big 12 since Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell won three Offensive Player of the Week Awards in 2008.

Burns made his impact early blocking a punt that led to K-State’s first touchdown and scooping up a second blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown.

“I love special teams,” Burns said last summer at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. “That’s where I started when I got here. Being on punt return and blocking for guys like Tremaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett, I think I realized how much impact special teams could have in a game. A lot of teams don’t take pride in special teams and a lot of guys don’t want to be on special teams, but I enjoy it.”

The award marked K-State’s 19th Special Teams Player of the Week honor since 2011.

K-State takes on West Virginia this Saturday at 3:30 for the final regular season game of the season.

Tim Everson was born in Wichita, KS in 1994. Before fifth grade he moved up to Manhattan for one year before settling in Riley, KS where he graduated from Riley County High School in 2012. Tim has worked for the Collegian since spring of 2014 and took over as Sports Editor during the summer of 2015. Tim loves sports, music, movies and good food when he can get it.