Written by Michael Florek
Mansfield RB Kenneth Burks, one of the Dallas area's top rushers, out for the season with a torn ACL
Mansfield coach Jeff Hulme confirmed Tuesday that star senior running back Kenneth Burks is out for the season with a torn ACL. He suffered the injury last Friday .
Burks is the second-leading rusher in the area with 907 yards, just eight behind leader Bryan Driskell of McKinney Boyd.
The injury occurred in the third quarter of Mansfield’s 36-20 loss to Mansfield Timberview. Burks made a cut to the outside and tried to get out of bounds when his knee gave out.
“I don’t even know how to explain it to you, to be honest with you,” Mansfield coach Jeff Hulme said. “Just one of those freaky ACL injuries…just making a cut and it just blew on him.”
Burks returned to the game, but the knee gave out again as he tried to make a block.
“It didn’t seem that bad the first time, but it got worse from there,” Hulme said. “When they checked it after the game and here at our field house, it was tight, it wasn’t loose, so that gave our trainers some hope. … But we got him in to see the doctor Monday, yesterday, and got him in to do an MRI and we got the bad news last night.”
Hulme said Mansfield will likely go with two-man team to replace Burks, utilizing sophomore Julius Lewis and junior Nick Hall. Neither had a varsity carry coming into this season.
Burks finished fourth in the area in rushing last season with 1,885 yards and 23 touchdowns.