Robert Burns was ranked a four-star recruit out of Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL) and the No. 11 running back nationwide by ESPN in 2017.
At 5-foot-11, 215-pounds, Burns was unstoppable in high school. He is an explosive back with solid speed and possesses the ability to make defenders miss with ease. He’s very good at finding the open hole and immediately burst through it.
Unfortunately, the Miami-Dade County native had an injury-plagued career in high school, following him to the University of Miami. Burns struggled to stay healthy as a freshman and ultimately redshirted the season.
As a redshirt freshman, Burns was the 4th string running back in UM’s deep running back depth chart. He sat behind Travis Homer, DeeJay Dallas, freshman five-star recruit Lorenzo Lingard, and freshman Cam’Ron Harris.
In 2019, Burns was finally given a chance to play. He wasn’t remarkable but was solid as the teams No. 3 running back. Through 12 games he totaled 29 carries for 116 yards, averaging 4.0 yards per rush. Burns also caught two passes for 21 receiving yards with one receiving touchdown.
Heading into his redshirt junior season, Burns has the most college experience amongst the UM running backs on the 2020 roster. With highly ranked freshmen Don Chaney Jr. and Jaylon Knighton joining Miami, Burns will have to fight for playing time once again.
Burns can be a valuable short-yardage back for the Hurricanes in 2020. He should receive plenty of goal-line carries and a few snaps as the No. 3 back behind Harris and one of the freshmen.