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Burns, Laie Earn Preseason Pac-12 Honors

Nov 5, 2020

Full Pac-12 Release

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona defensive back Lorenzo Burns and offensive lineman Donovan Laie have earned Preseason All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the 2020 season, as voted on by the conference's media. The honor from the Pac-12 Conference is the first preseason award for both Wildcats while Burns earned an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention following the 2019 season.

Burns, a senior from Oceanside, California, has been an everyday fixture at cornerback for the Wildcats with 35 career starts entering the season. He enters the 2020 season as the second most experienced returner in the Pac-12, trailing Oregon's Jordon Scott whose amassed 37 career starts. Burns has tallied 9 interceptions in his career to go along with 34 pass break ups and 168 tackles. With three interceptions this season, Burns would enter Arizona's top-10 career mark for picks.

Junior Donovan Laie has anchored Arizona's offensive line, starting in all 24 of Arizona's games since arriving on campus in 2018. He's bolstered an offensive line that has made Arizona the only program in the Pac-12 to finish in the top three of the league in passing and rushing yards per game in each of the last two seasons. Laie earned a spot on the Pac-12 Fall Academic Honor Roll as a sophomore.

Burns, Laie and the rest of the Wildcats officially open their season at Utah on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. in an ESPN2 broadcast.