Oren Burks 20
Oren  Burks
RS Junior

Fairfax Station, Va.

High School:
South County

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 222





Cunningham, Sims earn SEC weekly honors

Pair named Defensive, Specialist of the Week, respectively


Vanderbilt-Georgia Postgame Notes

Vanderbilt 17, Georgia 16


Commodore Keys: Georgia

Vanderbilt eyeing more complete performance vs. the Bulldogs


Mason, players talk UGA game

Commodores preparing for trip to face Bulldogs in Athens


Vanderbilt-Kentucky Postgame Notes

Kentucky 20, Vanderbilt 13


Kentucky (Lassell)

Vanderbilt at Kentucky on Oct. 8, 2016.


Western Kentucky (Howell)

Vanderbilt at Western Kentucky (Sept. 24, 2016)


Russell's game photos

Photos from the Vanderbilt-Georgia Tech game Sept. 17, 2016 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.


Middle Tennessee State (Howell)

Howell's Photos


Russell's Photos

Vanderbilt vs. Middle Tennessee


2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominee
2016 Wuerffel Trophy nominee
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

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 ... Working toward a double major – in Economics and Human & Organizational Development... Son of Orlanda and Wanda Burks... Born March 21, 1995... His younger sister, Whitney, who is a standout on the Stanford University softball team... Dad works as senior system engineer; mom works as program operations manager... Burks has become an active leader on Vanderbilt campus, and will serve the 2016-17 calendar year as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)... In 2016, helped co-found and coordinate events for campus organization Revitalizing & Empowering Vanderbilt's African-American Male Population (REVAMP)... One of three team representatives to 2016 SEC Media Days... Related to current San Francisco 49er 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

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