September 27, 2007

Burney making strides at cornerback

BOULDER, Colo. - A question mark going into the season was the cornerback position opposite Terrence Wheatley, who is leading the Big 12 in passes defended through four games.

Ben Burney won the starting job at right cornerback during preseason camp. He has progressed well at the position early on this season after playing free safety as a sophomore in 2006. Burney recorded 20 tackles in non-conference play.

"He has done a nice job," head coach Dan Hawkins said when asked about Burney's performance early on this season. "He is really coming along well. We moved him out of the safety spot [last spring] and put him at corner. I think he is making tackles and being physical and being in the right spot.

"[He] is a coach's kid (his father Jacob is currently the defensive line coach for the Broncos) that has been around the game and has a little savvy. He is doing a pretty good job over there. And we are going to need him to keep playing well, particularly as the season wears on. You are going to see teams not wanting to attack T-Wheat and trying to go after him. But he has really improved."

I don't recall many passes being completed against you here these past few games. Have you felt pretty good about your performance?

Ben Burney: "Oh yeah, I have felt good about my performance. I have felt good about the defense as a whole. With not many passes being completed against me, that means we are getting a good rush by the defensive line and the linebackers are doing their thing. So I feel good about our defense."

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