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The Seahawks’ fifth practice of training camp ended Tuesday with Ben Burr-Kirven fulfilling an annual rite of passage for a rookie: carrying a veteran’s shoulder pads and helmet into the lockeroom.
The College Football Playoff semifinalists combined to place 10 players on The Associated Press All-America first team, including a high of four from No. 1 Alabama.
Though undersized for a middle linebacker, some project the Pac-12 defensive player of the year as a Day 2 pick in next spring’s NFL draft.
Linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven might be the most unassuming of all the impact players on the standout defense for No. 16 Washington. He doesn’t seek attention and he doesn’t celebrate every play he makes. All he does is make tackles. Burr-Kirven is No. 2 in the country in tackles heading into Friday’s Apple Cup against No. 7 Washington State.
Even though he’s played in 26 games, and registered 78 tackles in a variety of roles on defense and special teams, Ben Burr-Kirven does not have an open path to a starting spot heading into his junior year with the Washington Huskies. That is because the two starters ahead of him – Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria – are fifth-year seniors.