WR Kris Burd and RB Patrick Mills – both of which earned Richmond Times-Dispatch first-team all-metro honors in 2005 – lead the Matoaca Warriors into 2006. Head coach Pat Manuel is counting on his dynamic rising seniors to help the program achieve even more than it did last season, when it won the Division 5 Group AAA Central Region championship and reached the state semifinals.
Kris Burd, who will be a three-year starter, plays wide receiver, safety and returns kicks and punts as well. At 6-1, 180 pounds, he has good size and is an excellent athlete. He plays basketball in addition to football.
“He can do it all,” Manuel said of Burd. “He’s a tremendous athlete. He has great speed. I don’t have the 40 time on me, but he’s faster than anybody we play. Once he gets away, teams have difficulty catching him. He has a great vertical jump. He’s very good on offense, but he’s good on defense too. He’s a big hitter.”
In 2005, Burd made 44 receptions for 840 yards and five touchdowns but missed the state semifinal contest due to a broken collarbone. A legit Division 1A prospect, he is drawing serious interest from a number of 1A programs and expects to receive written offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech.
“All of the in-state schools and most of the ACC schools are showing interest,” Manuel said. “I’m sending film everywhere. Virginia and Virginia Tech are supposed to be sending formal offers. At least that’s the indication I got from their recruiters the last time I talked to them.”
Another positive for Burd is that he takes care of business in the classroom as well as on the field.
“He’s a great student,” Manuel said. “He takes honors courses. He’s the perfect college package.”
Manuel, who believes Burd could play wide receiver or safety on the next level, is unsure as to when Burd may make a college decision or if he has a clear favorite right now.
Patrick Mills, who also earned VHSCA first-team all-state honors for last season’s performance, has been an important part of the Matoaca offense each of the past two years. He is the primary back in Matoaca’s one-back offense and, with his 27 touchdowns, led the region in scoring in 2005.
“Patrick’s a tremendous player for us,” Manuel said. “He was the offensive player of...
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