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March 25, 2010 at 1:59 AM

Burnett entering spring with high hopes

While the Huskies have a big hole to fill in the center of their defense in graduated middle linebacker Donald Butler, they also appear to have a pretty good answer, moving Cort Dennison to that spot when spring ball begins Tuesday.
But Victor Burnett hopes to play his way into the conversation, as well.
Burnett, of Culver City, Calif., is one of four members of the Class of 2010 who will be available for spring ball after graduating early from high school and enrolling at UW.
Burnett said it wasn’t an overly complicated process for him as he said he’d built up a few extra credits through the years. When the idea was presented to graduate early, Burnett said all he really had to do was take an English class on-line and Economics at a local junior college.
“It wasn’t difficult, just a lot of work,” he said.
His last day of classes was last Friday and he said everything is complete. He plans to come to UW on Saturday, take his first classes Monday and then participate in his first college practice Tuesday.
UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt noted what should be pretty obvious — that pulling off such a quick transition isn’t easy and makes it hard to place great expectations on a player trying to make it.
But Burnett said he’s shooting high.
“I’m going for the starting spot, to be honest,” he said. “I mean, I guess they are bringing me up for spring for a reason so I might as tell take full advantage of my opportunity right now.”
While the Huskies also have an immediate need at strongside linebacker — a position that may actually present a better opportunity since there is no returning player there — Burnett says he wants to start out in the middle. “That’s the position I prefer,” he said.
He said he’s bulked up to 225 from his senior year playing weight of 210.
Burnett, though, says he’ll do whatever is asked, and where the coaches will also look for immediate help from the true freshmen is on special teams — Burnett said “I was on every single one” in high school.
Burnett said deciding to enroll early wasn’t really on his mind until after he committed in November and UW coaches suggested it to him.
“I never really thought about it because the recruiting process was so long and my mind was just on choosing a school,” he said. “But when the coaches presented it to me, I thought about it for about an hour and was like ‘yeah, I’m 100 percent with it.”’

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