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Clayton: Azeem Victor’s strange season opened door for Huskies’ Ben Burr-Kirven to turn heads

Ben Burr-Kirven has broken out at inside linebacker for the Huskies in 2017. (AP)

It’s been a strange season for Azeem Victor of the Washington Huskies.

He was suspended for the opening game against Rutgers. Eventually, Chris Peterson moved him from linebacker to defensive end after he had a hard time breaking through at his old position. Now, he’s finishing the season under suspension again after his arrest on suspicion of DUI.

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Victor’s season has opened the door for another interesting Huskies prospect, however. Ben Burr-Kirven has taken over at inside linebacker and he’s improving each week. Though the junior currently doesn’t have a draftable grade in NFL Draft projections, the way he is finishing the season could generate a low-round grade.

Burr-Kirven is 6-foot, 214 pounds and can make plays. He was a blur on the field when he got his first chance to fill in for Victor when he had 10 tackles in Week 1. The next week he had 11, and he enters Saturday’s Apple Cup with 72 tackles for the season.

Burr-Kirven is one of the Huskies’ pleasant surprises of 2017.

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