DITR – Andy Burnaman

Andy Burnaman is a 6’3″, 275 pound, class of 2024 Offensive lineman and Long Snapper for East Beauregard High School in DeRidder, Louisiana. He predominantly lines up Center on the line for East Beauregard. Andy is extremely strong, and physically punishes his opponents. He has a quick burst and plants his feet well. His tape, linked above in the hyperlink, shows that he is a well-rounded center. Andy uses a combination of power, footwork, and intelligence to win at the line and pancake opponents, something he does often. Andy looks up to and models his game after Jason Kelce of the Philadelphia Eagles, who is a similar type of player, and one of the best centers in NFL history. Andy recorded 41 pancakes and 63 knockdowns in 2022, and looks to increase those numbers in 2023. East Beauregard also had two different 1,300+ yard rushers in 2022, the run game being anchored by Andy.

For career accolades, Andy has won both a spot on the Podyum Preps All-American at Center and an invite to play in Gridiron Football’s Bowl Game in Alabama this December. Andy was awarded a spot at the Gridiron Football bowl game due to his performance at our most recent camp in Jonesboro, Louisiana, earlier in March. At the camp, Andy ran a 6.37 40-yard dash time, a 5.06 second time in the shuttle drill, and jumped 7’3″ in the broad jump. Off the field, Andy has maintained a 4.28 GPA through this point in his Junior year.

Photo courtesy of Andy Burnaman (#75)

After Andy was invited to our bowl game, I interviewed him, and here’s what he had to say:

Why and at what age did you start playing football?

“I started playing football at 4 years old, when I was able to start playing flag football. I started playing because my parents encouraged me to do it, and I fell I love with the sport immediately.”

Have you always played your current position, or did you play a different position growing up?

“I have always played on the Offensive and Defensive Line all throughout Little League, Middle and School, and High School. My large size has helped me to be dominant through all levels.”

What sets you apart from everyone else on the field?

“My desire to be great at whatever I do, is what separates me from everyone else on the field. It doesn’t matter if we are playing football, checkers, or trivia, I want to win!”

What is your favorite accomplishment so far in your football career?

“My favorite accomplishments in football are being selected as a Podyum Preps All American and a Gridiron All-American!”

What is your favorite memory playing football so far?

“My favorite memory from football is having some fellow offensive linemen over to eat BBQ and do offensive lineman things!”

How do you balance athletics and academics?

“My parents have always stressed the importance of grades, so I have always gotten my work done during school or after practice!”

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced on the field?

“The hardest challenge I have faced on the field is maintaining discipline and self control in myself and in the rest of the huddle during games when referees making questionable calls.”

How do you stay physically fit outside of football?

“Outside of football season, I immediately start strength training before and during school, and I also throw Discus and Shotput in track.”

What are you hoping to achieve in this upcoming season?

“This coming season, I individually want to be able to dominate any opponent in front of me, and be able to clear out A and B gap. I also want to make the 1A All-State Team and Sign to play football on Scholarship. As a Team, I want us to win the First District Championship in school history, be ranked as one of the Top 4 teams in 1A and win the State Championship!”

What is your end goal for your football career?

“My end goal for my High School career is to sign to play college football on scholarship, and my end goal for my College career is to have learned all that I can from my coaches, and then coach the offensive line in college football!”

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned playing football?

“The biggest lesson I have learned from football is that the way I act and lead on the field will directly affect the attitudes and actions of my teammates.”

How do you prepare for big games?

“I prepare for every game the same way: I practice hard during the week so that I can execute the game plan, and before the game I eat a good meal and get in a nap to be field and well rested for the game. Every game is equally as important and no Defensive Lineman is special, they all get the same punishment!”

What type of play style do you have?

“I have a physical and punishing style of football.  The only way to run the ball up the middle 90% of the time is to play hardnosed with no mercy!”

Lastly, who is the biggest role model in your life?

“The biggest role model in my life is my Dad. He actively pursues Christ, he has not stopped teaching me how to be a Man, no matter how hard headed I am, and I can always count on him to be interested in what I am interested in and help me whenever I need help. He has taught me to Love Christ, my Family, and how to be a great father to my future kids!”