Huskies linebacker Burnett dismissed from team

  • By Scott M. Johnson Herald Writer
  • Friday, August 12, 2011 12:01am
  • Sports

SEATTLE — Linebacker Victor Burnett, a redshirt freshman from Los Angeles, has been dismissed from the University of Washington football team for what coach Steve Sarkisian called “a violation of team rules.”

Sarkisian did not get into specifics on what Burnett did to get kicked off the team.

Burnett was on the team last season but did not play in any games. He came into the fall expected to compete for a backup job at middle linebacker.

The Huskies kicked defensive end Andru Pulu off the team in the spring of 2010 when he was arrested following a fight at a party. In the winter, current UW player Johri Fogerson and former player Jordan Polk were arrested in separate incidents.

While there was no confirmation Thursday as to whether Burnett’s trouble involved the police, Sarkisian said the recent incidents have been hard on him.

“Part of my job is to raise these guys,” Sarkisian said after Thursday’s practice. “I’m inheriting a kid at 18 years old, and I have them for four or five years of their lives. Those are big years in a young man’s life, a lot of changes. You try to get them all. You try to make them better people.

“So the frustration, maybe, is with me when you don’t get them all (on the right path). But then you sit back and you realize: I’ve got 115 sons, and the percentage is telling me we’re doing pretty good.”

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