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UM cornerback Artie Burns honored by ACC for performance vs. Virginia Tech

Miami defensive back Artie Burns flips a towel during a break at the team's NCAA college football practice, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Coral Gables, Fla.
Miami defensive back Artie Burns flips a towel during a break at the team's NCAA college football practice, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Coral Gables, Fla. AP

Miami Hurricanes junior cornerback Artie Burns was named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Back of the Week on Monday after tallying a career-high two interceptions in one game Saturday against Virginia Tech.

Burns is on a tear this season, leading the Hurricanes with five interceptions in six games, and ranking third nationally with his total. His five interceptions are the most by a UM player since Sean Taylor had 10 in 2003.

Burns became the first Hurricane with multiple interceptions in a game since cornerback Tracy Howard did it against North Carolina in 2013.

“I’m just trusting my technique,” Burns said after UM’s 30-20 victory against the Hokies. “I’ve been working on my craft over the offseason.”

▪ The ACC announced Monday that UM’s game Oct. 31 at Duke in Durham, North Carolina, will kick off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2 or ESPNU. Duke (5-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is now ranked 23rd.

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