Miami Hurricanes cornerback Artie Burns, a 6-0, 196-pound sophomore speedster out of Miami Northwestern High, was integral in stopping highly touted Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel on Saturday.
Burns, UM coach Al Golden agreed, had one of his strongest games against the Bearcats, with a career-high three pass breakups and his first sack.
He has six starts in seven games, and now has 23 tackles.
“He played a lot more physical,” Golden said of Burns. “He executed the defense really well. He did a great job in his man-to-man and was on the proper shoulder, used the uphill hand a lot to knock balls down if he couldn’t get there for the interception.
“Very good performance for him.”
The Hurricanes took off from practice Monday and Tuesday and will resume practice Wednesday, though there will be no media availability. The Canes then take off Thursday and Friday before returning to Greentree Field on Saturday and Sunday to prepare for Virginia Tech in Blacksburg at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 (ESPN).