June 1, 2010
Burnsides Named Finalist for Ken B. Jones Award
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Former Northwest Missouri State football player Myles Burnsides has been named one of three male finalists for the Ken B. Jones Award given annually to the MIAA Student-Athlete of the Year. The announcement came Tuesday from the league office.
Will-be senior tight end Mike Higgins of Nebraska-Omaha and former Washburn linebacker Zach Watkins are the other two male nominees. Emporia State's Cassondra Boston (basketball), Central Missouri's Caitlin Pankratz (volleyball) and Missouri Southern's Kimi Shank (cross country/track and field) are the female finalists. The winners will be announced June 10 at the annual MIAA Awards Dinner hosted by the Kansas City Mariott Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
If selected, Burnsides would be the fourth Bearcat to win the award joining Tucker Woolsey (2002), Clint Prange (2005) and Josh Lamberson (2006). It will mark the fifth year in a row that a football player will claim the honor.
The award, which is in its 17th year, is named in honor of the man who served as the MIAA's first full-time commissioner for 16 years. Jones retired in 1997 and passed away in May 2004.
A 12-member panel of athletics directors, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors - including a representative from each member institution - selects the finalists.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average and must have completed at least their junior season of eligibility in the 2009-10 academic year.
Burnsides earned his bachelor's degree with a 3.90 grade-point average and carries a 3.86 average while working to obtain a master's degree in business administration. He's a three-time, first-team All-MIAA choice, a two-time All-American and in 2008 was named the National Defensive Player of the Year - the first in program history.
Burnsides finished a four-year career with 294 tackles, the most by a defensive back and eighth-most in program history. His 16 interceptions are third-most in program history. Burnsides played in 59 collegiate games, started in four national championship contests and went 37-0 against MIAA opponents.
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