Burks headed to NFL Combine

Feb. 11, 2018

Burks' Profile on NFL.com

Former Commodore Oren Burks is set to compete at the NFL Combine beginning Feb. 27 in Indianapolis.

Burks finished off a stellar career at Vanderbilt last fall with a career-best 82 tackles after moving to inside linebacker. The Fairfax Station, Va. moved all over the field during his tenure with the Dores, beginning his career as a safety in his first two seasons before moving to a hybrid safety/linebacker position as a junior and finally settling into the middle of head coach Derek Mason's defense last season. He showcased that versatility last fall, recording an interception, pass break-up and fumble recovery.

As impressive as Burks' was on the football field, he's been equally impressive off the field having been involved in multiple campus and community events and organizations. He is a past president of Vanderbilt's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and co-founded and coordinated events for REVAMP (Revitalizing & Empowering Vanderbilt's African-American Male Population), a campus organization. He was a member of the 2016 Allstate Good Works team, a contender for the Wuerffel Award and a finalist for the Wooden Citizenship Cup in the same year. Last summer he was on the cover of the NCAA's Champion magazine and featured in a story heralding him for taking on societal issues as a student-athlete.

Burks' upcoming presence at the Combine will make it three straight years with at least one Commodore in Indianapolis to perform for NFL teams after Zach Cunningham and Will Holden participated last year and Stephen Weatherly in 2016.

The NFL Combine will be televised on NFL Network beginning Feb. 27.

List of Vanderbilt Players at NFL Combine Since 2000
2018 Oren Burks (LB)
2017 Zach Cunningham (LB), Will Holden (OL)
2016 Stephen Weatherly (LB/DE)
2014 Andre Hal (CB), Wesley Johnson (OL), Kenny Ladler (safety), Jordan Matthews (WR)
2013 Zac Stacy (RB)
2012 Casey Hayward (CB), Sean Richardson (safety)
2010 Myron Lewis (CB), Thomas Welch (OL)
2009 D.J. Moore (CB)
2008 Earl Bennett (WR), Curtis Gatewood (DE/LB), Jonathan Goff (LB), Chris Williams (OL)
2006 Jay Cutler (QB)
2005 Jovan Haye (DL), Justin Geisinger (OL)
2003 Hunter Hillenmeyer (LB)
2002 Lew Thomas (RB), Greg Zolman (QB)
2001 Elliott Carson (TE), Matt Stewart (LB), Jimmy Williams (CB), Jamie Winborn (LB)


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