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 ... 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: 7 (2x) Last at Mississippi State, 11/22/2014 Solo Tackles: 4, vs. Temple, 8/28/2014 Break Ups: 1, (2x) Last vs. UMass, 9/13/2014