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Miami DB Artie Burns going pro, skipping senior season

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami defensive back Artie Burns, who led the Hurricanes with six interceptions this season, has elected to skip his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

Burns' decision was not unexpected. He had a breakout year, with the most interceptions by any Miami player since Sean Taylor had 10 in 2003. And not only does he have a son to support, but his two younger siblings are also his responsibility now after the sudden death of his mother earlier this season.

Burns says the NFL was a goal of his, and that he feels a ''responsibility to be the financial supporter my family needs to continue our day to day lives.''

Burns plans to return to Miami to finish his degree. Miami has a longstanding policy of allowing people who were on athletic scholarships and elect to leave early for professional reasons return and complete their studies.