After an amazing 2010 football season, Iowa Preps has been handing out awards left and right. One of the most difficult honors for them to choose was the Junior of the Year. This is presented to the junior who performed the best during the previous season. For those curious, this honor is based solely on what an athlete does during the football season. Recruiting, prestige of the player, and anything along those lines do not mean much here. There were some fantastic candidates: Cedar Falls running back, Barkley Hill; West Des Moines Dowling wide receiver, Amara Darboh; Bettendorf linebacker, Nate Shaw; Sioux City Heelan quarterback, Paul Jacobsen, and running back, Michael Malloy; North Fayette's Jake Greco; and a host of others could have made a case for this award. But in the end, another game changing running back pulled away. The 2010 Junior of the Year award goes to Union running back Wes Burnside. In a year where there were so many question marks surrounding the Knights, the experience he earned as a sophomore paid huge dividends. Burnside proved to be one of the most elusive rushers in the entire state and showed a knack for making big plays when his team needed them most. During Union's first nine games, this standout pushed his team to an undefeated regular season and the district title. This was something that few outside of the Union area would have predicted, considering all the talent that the team lost to graduation after the 2009 season. Burnside was asked to carry their offense and he did that early and often throughout the course of the season. Burnside racked up 2,336 yards, scored 30 touchdowns and also found the energy to make 50 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. Few individual athletes meant more to their team, regardless of the size of school, than Wes Burnside.