Oren Burks 20
Oren  Burks
RS Senior

Fairfax Station, Va.

High School:
South County

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 230





Openshaw named to Good Works team

Becomes fourth Dore in last five years recognized to Allstate AFCA squad


Quick Hits: Alabama

Top-ranked Crimson Tide visit Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday


Commodores knock off No. 18 Kansas State, 14-7

Late defensive stand seals victory for Vanderbilt


Postgame Notes - No. 18 Kansas State

Commodores defeat No. 18 Kansas State, 14-7


Dores on the Web

News, notes on Vanderbilt athletics


Vanderbilt vs Alabama (09-23-17)

Photos by Joe Howell


Vanderbilt vs. Kansas State (09-16-17)

Photos by John Russell


Vanderbilt vs. Alabama A&M (09/09/17)

Vanderbilt vs. Alabama A&M on Sept. 9, 2017 - Photos by Joe Howell and John Russell


Vanderbilt at MT (9/2/17) Photos by John Russell

Vanderbilt season opener at MT (9/2/17) Photos by John Russell


SEC Media Days (7/11/17)

Vanderbilt SEC Media Days (7/11/17).


2017 Butkus Award watch list
2017 Preseason Third Team All-SEC Linebacker - Media Days ballot
2017 Preseason Third Team All-SEC Linebacker - Athlons 
2016 Wooden Citizenship Cup national finalist
2016 Allstate-AFCA Good Works Team recipient
2016 Wuerffel Trophy nominee
2016 Vanderbilt Outstanding Senior Award finalist
2016 Spring Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
2015 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
2015 Third Team All-SEC DB - Phil Steele
2014 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll

Playing a new position closer to the end of scrimmage, the versatile Burks enjoyed one of the best seasons of any Commodore defender, establishing several new personal highs... Burks played in all 13 games and earned 10 starting assignments -- nine from the "Star" linebacker-safety hybrid position and another at inside linebacker... Burks finished the season by establishing new career highs with 59 total tackles, 40 solo tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 quarterback sacks and team-high 6.5 quarterback hurries... Also added a fumble recovery, interception and six defensed passes... Burks was most productive late in the season, contributing 23 total tackles in the Commodores' final three regular season games... His nine-tackle total in the finale against Tennessee matched a career high... Burks was superb in an early-season win over Middle Tennessee, registering a sack, three defensed passes, four tackles and an acrobatic interception that he returned 59 yards... He contributed three tackles against NC State in the Camping World Independence Bowl... Off the field, the defensive co-captain was named to the 11-member Allstate-AFCA FBS National Good Works Team, was a finalist for Wooden Citizenship Cup Award, and was nominated for the Wuerffel Trophy.

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 and Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl 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 of first six games... Third interception came at Ole Miss... Moved to linebacker-safety position during 2016 spring drills. 

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...Injury forced Burks out of the lineup for four games during a midseason stretch... Starts came against Temple, Ole Miss, UMass, Old Dominion, Florida, Mississippi State and Tennessee... Earned Freshman all-conference and All-American consideration... 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.

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.


Oren Spencer Burks... Son of Orlanda and Wanda Burks... Born March 21, 1995... A younger sister, Whitney, is a standout softball player at Stanford... Dad works as senior system engineer; mom works as program operations manager... Burks has become an active leader on campus, serving the 2016-17 calendar year as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and as a football team representative to SAAC the previous year... He also co-founded and coordinated events last year for campus organization Revitalizing & Empowering Vanderbilt's African-American Male Population (REVAMP)... Also volunteers time with Project Safe on-campus organization... Named to 2016 Allstate-AFCA NCAA FBS National Good Works Team and was finalist for 2017 Wooden Citizenship Cup Award... Voted finalist for Vanderbilt's campus-wide Outstanding Senior Award... Focus on national story in NCAA Champions magazine this summer... Represented teammates at SEC Media Days in 2016 and 2017... Voted as Mr. Commodore Award recipient in May 2017 by fellow Vanderbilt student-athletes.

Career Highs
Total Tackles: 9, (2x) last vs. Tennessee, 11/26/2016 
Solo Tackles: 8,(2x) last vs. Tennessee, 11/26/2016
Break Ups: 2, (4x) last vs. vs. Georgia, 9/12/15
Sacks: 1.0, (3x) last vs. Tennessee State, 10/22/2016
Interceptions: 2, vs. Kentucky, 11/14/2015

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