Is coming off a season in which he established himself as one of the top defensive players in the Mountain West Conference ... Hard-nosed and relentless, he always seems to be around the ball ... 2010 SDSU Student-Athlete of the Year ... Three-time MWC all-academic honoree ... SDSU scholar-athlete ... 2011 preseason first-team all-conference by Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's Sports, Mountain West Media, Phil Steele and Sporting News ... Rated No. 7 nationally at his position by Lindy's ... Has played in 37 consecutive contests, starting the last 25.
Burris picked up his second consecutive first-team all-Mountain West selection, the first San Diego State linebacker to accomplish the feat since All-American Kirk Morrison did so from 2002-04. The senior leads the Aztecs in tackles (72), tackles for loss (19.0), sacks (8.0) and fumble recoveries (3). He ranks eighth in the country in tackles for a loss (1.58/g), tied for 19th in fumble recoveries (0.25/g) and tied for 32nd in sacks (0.67/g). Burris has at least 0.5 tackles for a loss in 18 of the past 19 games.
The first-team All-Mountain West selection and team co-defensive MVP (with lineman Ernie Lawson) started all 13 games for the Aztecs, leading the team with 80 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. He also forced four fumbles on the year. Named the league's defensive player of the week on Nov. 8, after he had 10 stops, including four for a loss, two sacks and a pair of forced fumbles in a victory over Colorado State.
Was SDSU's second-leading tackler with a career-high 58 stops ... Third on the team in tackles for loss with 6.0 ... Played and started all 12 contests ... Accounted for four solo tackles, including one for a loss of a yard vs. UCLA ... Five stops, two TFLs and his first career sack against Southern Utah ... Four tackles with a half sack at Idaho ... Career high in tackles with nine against Air Force ... Two stops in the win over NMSU and five vs. BYU ... Four tackles in the victory at CSU ... Three solo efforts against New Mexico ... Had four solo stops vs. TCU ... Recorded a team-best seven tackles (six solo) and a TFL vs. Wyoming ... Six stops in the season finale at UNLV.
Saw his first playing time against Cal Poly and Notre Dame on special teams ... First career tackle at San Jose State ... Career-high three stops against Idaho ... Five tackles and his first TFL in his most extensive action on defense at TCU ... Then career-best six stops as a reserve at New Mexico ... One solo tackle at Wyoming ... Two assisted stops and a half tackle for loss at BYU ... One solo effort in the win over UNLV.
Ranked as the nation's 30th-best inside linebacker prospect by Rivals.com ... Runs a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash... Has a 33-inch vertical jump and had a 4.44 shuttle time at the Palo Alto Nike Camp ... Was a two-time all-Metropolitan League selection and captured the Granite Bay High School's defensive player of the year award following his junior and senior campaigns ... Last season, he recorded 120 tackles and added 6.5 sacks to become Granite Bay's all-time leading tackler.
Father, Jim, played football at Oregon State ... Also considered Nevada, Boise State, Nebraska and Army.