Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky. Photos by John Russell. (11/14/15)
2015 Third-Team All-SEC DB - Phil Steele 2014 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
2015 Burks started every game in the secondary in his third year on campus... Handled the Commodores' free safety chores, running consecutive starts streak to 16 games by end of regular season... Posted single-season career highs in numerous categories, including 34 solo stops, 58 total tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss... Earned postseason third team All-SEC recognition from Phil Steele publications... Topped team and ranked among SEC's Top Ten with three interceptions... Posted at least three tackles in 10 of 12 appearances... Ended season on high note, setting game highs of eight solo tackles and nine total stops vs. Tennessee... Earned SEC's Defensive Player of the Week honors after registering two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, in victory over Kentucky... Contributed at least four tackles in each offirst six games... Third interception came at Ole Miss.
2014 Burks became a key contributor in the Commodore secondary as a redshirt freshman... Registered seven starting assignments at safety while setting action in eight total games... Starts came against Temple, Ole Miss, UMass, Old Dominion, Florida, Mississippi State and Tennessee... Injury forced Burks out of the lineup for four games during a midseason stretch... Ended the year by leading the defense with seven defensed passes, and ranked 10th with 37 total tackles... Also contributed 16 solo tackles and registered one fumble recovery... Posted single-game high with seven total tackles against Ole Miss and Mississippi State... Most solo tackles (4) came in opener vs. Temple... Moved from outside linebacker to safety during the spring drills.
2013 Burks did not see game action as a true freshman on campus... He was part of a freshman linebacking trio that impressed coaches and teammates during fall practices... Accomplished good work improving strength during the season... Moved to safety during spring drills.
High School Two-year captain... Three-year defensive starter... As senior LB, named First Team All-State, district's Defensive Player of the Year and team MVP after accumulating 123 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and three INTs... Also added three TD catches and four blocked punts for 2012 squad that advanced to second round of Group 5 playoffs... Participated in postseason Chesapeake Bowl... As junior, posted 128 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, two INTs and three defensive TDs - as Stallions advanced to state title game.
Personal Oren Spencer Burks ... Majoring in Economics... Son of Orlanda and Wanda Burks... Born March 21, 1995... Has a younger sister, Whitney, who is a highly sought-after softball player... Dad works as senior system engineer; mom works as program operations manager... Related to Baltimore Ravens' WR Torrey Smith.
Career Highs Total Tackles: 9, at Tennessee, 11/28/2015 Solo Tackles: 8, at Tennessee, 11/28/2015 Break Ups: 2, (4x) Last vs. vs. Georgia, 9/12/15 Tackles for Loss: 1.0, at Ole Miss, 9/26/2015 Interceptions: 2, vs. Kentucky, 11/14/2015