Was tied for the team lead for special teams tackles in both the 2019 regular season (nine) and postseason (three) and ranked No. 2 on the team with 10 tackles on special teams as a rookie in 2018.
Has played in 26 games with four starts in his first two seasons while also appearing in two 2019 playoff games. Has posted 19 tackles on special teams since entering the league, the most on the Packers over that span.
Played in 45 games with 40 starts in four seasons with the Commodores and registered 237 tackles (136 solo), 15½ tackles for a loss, 4½ sacks, five interceptions, 27 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Played various positions throughout his collegiate career: inside linebacker in 2017, linebacker/safety hybrid in 2016, free safety in 2015 and safety in 2014.
Was named to the Butkus Award watch list in 2017 and went on to post career highs in tackles (82), solo tackles (45) and tackles for a loss (seven) in his first season at inside linebacker.
Was a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award in 2017, a finalist for the Wooden Citizenship Cup in 2017 and a member of the Allstate-AFCA Good Works Team in 2016, which honored 12 Division I-A football players from across the country for their commitment to community service. Also served as president of the Vanderbilt Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2016-17.
Attended South County High School (Lorton, Va.), where he earned first-team all-state honors and was named the district Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after posting 123 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 3½ sacks, six forced fumbles and three interceptions.
After missing the first four games of the 2019 season with a chest injury, appeared in 12 regular-season contests and posted eight tackles (four solo) on defense. Was tied for the team lead with nine tackles on special teams.
Saw action in both playoff games last season and was tied for the team lead with three special teams tackles while also posting three tackles (all assisted) on defense.
Played in the final 14 contests with four starts and posted 16 tackles (13 solo) on defense as a rookie in 2018. Ranked No. 2 on the team with 10 tackles on special teams.
Selected by the Packers in the third round (No. 88 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft, a pick obtained from Carolina in exchange for a fourth-round choice (No. 101) and a fifth-round pick (No. 147).
Became the seventh player to be drafted out of Vanderbilt in team history and the second linebacker (Hunter Hillenmeyer, fifth round, 2003) to be selected from the school.
2019 SEASON: Played in 12 contests and posted eight tackles (four solo) on defense…Was tied for the team lead with nine tackles on special teams...Was inactive (chest) for the first four games of the season…Appeared in both postseason games and posted three tackles (all assisted) on defense and three tackles on special teams (tied for the team lead)…Recorded multiple tackles on special teams in three regular-season games and one postseason contest…At Dallas (Oct. 6): Made his season debut, recording two tackles on defense (one solo) and two tackles on special teams…Vs. Detroit (Oct. 14): Appeared on five plays on defense and 23 on special teams, finishing with two tackles (one solo) on defense…Vs. Oakland (Oct. 20): Registered three tackles (one solo) on defense and added a tackle on special teams, drilling WR Trevor Davis on the opening kickoff at the Oakland 18…At Kansas City (Oct. 27): Posted two tackles on special teams…At N.Y. Giants (Dec. 1): Was tied for the team lead with two tackles on special teams and registered a solo tackle on defense…At Detroit (Dec. 29): Played three snaps on defense and 22 on special teams. Registered a tackle on special teams…Vs. Seattle (NFC Divisional, Jan. 12): Registered three assisted tackles on defense and was tied for the team lead with three tackles on special teams, including a stop of RB Travis Homer at the Seattle 18 on a second-quarter kickoff return.
2018: Played in 14 games with four starts and posted 16 tackles (13 solo) on defense...Ranked No. 2 on the team with 10 tackles on special teams...Was inactive (shoulder) for the first two games of the season…At Washington (Sept. 23): Made his NFL debut, appearing on eight plays on defense and 10 on special teams and posting two tackles on defense (one solo)…At Detroit (Oct. 7): Made his first career start, opening at ILB and posting a career-high four tackles (all solo) in 25 snaps of action...At L.A. Rams (Oct. 28): Posted a season-best two tackles on special teams and a tackle on defense…Vs. Miami (Nov. 11): Matched his season high with two tackles as he made stops on Green Bay's first two kickoffs of the game. Downed a 37-yard JK Scott punt at the Miami 7 late in the first half…Vs. Detroit (Dec. 30): Started at ILB, appearing on five snaps and posting an assisted tackle. Added a tackle on special teams.
COLLEGE: Played in 45 games with 40 starts in four seasons and registered 237 tackles (136 solo), 15½ tackles for a loss, 4½ sacks, five interceptions, 27 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries…Earned his degree in human and organizational development…Senior season (2017): Played in 12 games with 11 starts at inside linebacker…Posted career highs in tackles (82), solo tackles (45) and tackles for a loss (seven), ranking No. 2 on the team in total tackles and solo tackles and No. 4 in tackles for a loss…Ranked No. 15 in the SEC in total tackles…Added a sack, a fumble recovery, an interception and four passes defensed…Posted an interception and four tackles (one solo), including an assisted tackle for a loss vs. Alabama A&M (Sept. 9)…Led the team with a career-high 15 tackles (six solo), including 1½ tackles for a loss, at Florida (Sept. 30)…Recorded 12 tackles (seven solo), a sack and a fumble recovery vs. Kentucky (Nov. 11)…Junior season (2016): Appeared in all 13 games with 10 starts at a linebacker/safety hybrid position, recording 59 tackles (40 solo), 6½ tackles for a loss and a career-best 3½ sacks…Added a team-high 6½ QB hurries, a forced fumble, an interception and seven passes defensed…Registered four tackles (two solo), a sack, a career-high four passes defensed and an interception that he returned a career-long 59 yards vs. Middle Tennessee (Sept. 10)…Posted a season-high nine tackles (eight solo), including 1½ tackles for a loss, vs. Tennessee (Nov. 26)…Sophomore season (2015): Started all 12 games at free safety, recording career highs in interceptions (three) and passes defensed (nine)…Posted 59 tackles (35 solo), two tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…Earned third-team All-SEC recognition from Phil Steele's College Football…Posted eight tackles (four solo), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two passes defensed vs. Georgia (Sept. 12)…Was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Kentucky (Nov. 14), posting a career-high two interceptions, including one he returned 30 yards for a TD in the second quarter…Redshirt freshman season (2014): Appeared in eight games with seven starts at safety, recording 37 tackles (16 solo) and seven passes defensed…Was sidelined for four games due to injury…Started in his collegiate debut vs. Temple (Aug. 28), recording six tackles (four solo), a fumble recovery and two passes defensed.
PERSONAL: Given name Oren Spencer Burks…Born in Alexandria, Va. …His cousin, Andrew White, played basketball for the University of Kansas, the University of Nebraska, Syracuse University and the Atlanta Hawks…White played this past season for the Westchester Knicks, the New York Knicks' NBA G-League affiliate…High school: Attended South County High School (Lorton, Va.), where he earned first-team all-state honors and was named the district Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after posting 123 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 3½ sacks, six forced fumbles and three interceptions…Added three TD catches and four blocked punts for a team that advanced to the second round of the Group 5 playoffs…Was a three-year starter and a two-year captain…As a junior, registered 128 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, two INTs and three defensive TDs as the Stallions advanced to the state title game…Community involvement: Participated in events with the United Way, the Boys & Girls Club, The Salvation Army and Big Brothers Big Sisters; also took part in the Green Bay Packers Give Back Bowling Event to raise money for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in 2018 and for Wisconsin Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association in 2019…Was a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award in 2017, a finalist for the Wooden Citizenship Cup in 2017 and a member of the Allstate-AFCA Good Works Team in 2016, which honored 12 Division I-A football players from across the country for their commitment to community service…Also served as president of the Vanderbilt Student-Athlete Advisory Council in 2016-17…Was a co-founder of the campus organization REVAMP (Revitalizing and Empowering Vanderbilt's African-American Population)…Also served as a volunteer for Project Safe, which works to prevent sexual assault and dating violence on campus, and Soles4Souls, spearheading the collection of shoes for needy people…Residence: Fairfax Station, Va.
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