The former Granite Bay High standout is the Aztecs' lone returning starter at linebacker this season. Burris had four tackles (three unassisted) in his team's season-opening 47-0 win Saturday over Nicholls State of Thibodaux, La. It was his 25th consecutive game played. He was second on the team in tackles last season with 58. He started all 12 games last season.
In February 2007, Burris chose San Diego State over Boise State, Nevada, Nebraska, BYU and Army. He was considered the 22nd-best recruit in Northern California by www.NorCalpreps.com following his senior season when he finished with 114 tackles and 61/3 sacks.
While at Granite Bay, Burris was voted the Grizzlies' Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior. He was first-team All-Metro his senior season, and Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper said Burris was his best defensive player since Dallas Sartz, who went on to play at USC and was a fifth-round pick of the Washington Redskins in the 2007 draft.