D1A Player of the Week – Zack Burns

D1A Rugby: D1A Player of the Week – Zack Burns

BOULDER, Colo. – Replacing All-BTU fly half Joel Conzelmann was going to be a tall task for the Wolverine responsible for taking over the No. 10 jumper, but Zack Burns has done a tremendous job. After scoring his first try of the season in a 59-5 win over Minnesota, Michigan’s captain had his best performance of the season this past Saturday against Iowa.

“Zack leads from the front week in, week out, and the Iowa match was no different,” said Michigan Head Coach Brandon Sparks. “He helped orchestrate our attack and controlled the defense just as he has done all year.”

Against the Hawkeyes, Burns scored two tries in the first 20 minutes before being subbed off at halftime after his squad had already built a commanding, 45-7, lead. The pair of scores only brings the senior’s try total to three on the season, but Burns does a lot of things for the 3-1 Wolverines that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet.

“While his stats might not be as impressive as some of his teammates or players around the league, his game awareness, rugby IQ, and grit sets a tone for the rest of the squad,” Sparks admired.

The Stats major from Perrysburg, Ohio, will need to continue playing with the same tenacity he has all season tomorrow against Illinois, and especially in Michigan’s crucial Nov. 7 matchup versus Ohio State.