Stone Bridge junior Ryan Burns has yet to throw a varsity pass, but the expectations around the Bulldogs’ new quarterback have grown as Burns started picking up offers during summer visits to college camps.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Burns picked up his first offer before his sophomore season when Boston College extended a scholarship after he attended a passing camp. This past summer he added offers from Stanford, Rutgers and Virginia.
Burns will get his first chance to showcase the skills that earned him that attention when he finally takes the field for Stone Bridge as the starter.
The Bulldogs will open against Robinson and Chantilly, two Virginia AAA Concorde District powerhouses, and Burns is expected to shoulder much of the load.
“It’s been a huge tradition here,” Burns said. “I’m not trying to do anything special. Not really paying any attention to any pressure, just going along with it and hopefully we’ll do good this year.”
Burns, who moved to Ashburn from Wyoming as a freshman, served as the understudy to Brian Rody (Virginia Tech) last season but was lost for the year when he injured his non-throwing shoulder during a running play in a win against Jefferson.
Stone Bridge is expected to employ some different schemes that look to maximize Burns’s skill set. A team that is known for its single wing offense, the Bulldogs will look to use more spread with Burns under center.
“I think right now the thing that’s helped him is he has a great understanding of the game,” Stone Bridge Coach Mickey Thompson said. “His ability to understand coverages and understand fronts is a strength right now. Now just getting used to the rush in front of him is the ongoing process. It’s getting better and better understanding how the guys up front are blocking so he understands protection a little bit better. But everything else, he’s throwing the ball really well, throwing on time really well, everything’s going on pace.”