August 15, 2006

Burney accustomed to underdog role

BOULDER, Colo. - Ben Burney was the least heralded signee from the Buffaloes' 2005 recruiting class. In fact, Colorado was his only scholarship offer during the recruiting process.

"Since I hurt my knee my junior year of high school, I didn't have much to show [college] coaches," he explained. "I tried my best not to let all the internet stuff get to me; you know being a two-star.

"It was a dream come true when CU [offered me a scholarship]. Originally I was supposed to greyshirt, then I was expected to redshirt but I just came up here and worked real hard.

"I really had to step up my game because I was kind of an unknown guy at first. Then I got a chance to play."

Burney was one of five true freshmen to see the field for Colorado in 2005. He played 43 snaps at cornerback, recording six tackles, but it was on special teams where Burney made his biggest play.

In week two against New Mexico State, Burney intercepted a pass on a fake punt attempt.

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