Returns for senior season looking to stay healthy and to cap off a successful career with the Blazers ... was again nagged by injuries in 2005 after an outstanding sophomore season in which he gained 880 yards and earned third-team all-conference honors ... after coming on scene in 2002, he was hampered by injuries in 2003 and was redshirted ... played in only three games in 2003 before shoulder injury ended his season prematurely ... enters 2006 season No. 3 all-time at UAB in rushing yards with 1,845 ... also has 28 career receptions to rank No. 8 among UAB running backs all-time.
2005: Played in eight games during season as he battled late-season injury ... started four contests during campaign (Tennesseee, Rice, SMU and Marshall) ... rushed for a season-best 115 yards on 18 carries in one-point defeat at Marshall ... had a season-long 24-yard scamper vs. the Thundering Herd ... also ran for 78 yards on only 12 rushes with a pair of touchdowns against Rice ... because of injuries, his total of carries decreased to 67 during season with 321 yards and four touchdowns ... also had 55 yards vs. Jacksonville State.
2004: Finished excellent season for the Blazers as he totaled 880 yards with four rushing touchdowns ... averaged 5.4 yards per carry ... earned third-team All-Conference USA recognition ... split time with fellow RB Corey White ... had a pair of games in 2004 with more than 100 yards rushing (146 vs. Memphis and 110 vs. Army) ... tallied 55 yards rushing and scored one TD in Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl ... also caught 15 passes for 160 yards ... had a long rush of 69 yards in season opener against Baylor
2003: Limited in preseason because of hamstring problems but played in season opener at Baylor, catching four-yard touchdown pass from Darrell Hackney ... played in first three games of season before shoulder injury sidelined him for remainder of campaign ... carried 23 times for 90 yards ... had a long run of 17 yards vs. Troy State ... was able to gain medical redshirt.
2002: Finished the season as UAB's top rusher with 534 yards on 124 attempts ... he amassed 400 of his yards on 90 carries in the last half of the season ... averaged 66.6 yards in the final six games of the season ... gained better than 80 yards in three contests (96 vs. Memphis, 92 vs. Tulane and 80 vs. Cincinnati) ... played in all 12 games and made two starts (Tulane and Cincinnati) during season ... started two games during season ... had long run of 23 yards in victory over East Carolina ... caught five passes for 40 yards ... also saw action as kick returner with eight returns for 21.4 average and long of 37 yards.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Vestavia Hills High ... was regarded among top players in Alabama as prep senior ... was tabbed The Birmingham News Metro Player-of-the-Year ... also named to AlabamaPrepSports.com Top 21 for 2001 season ... nominated for Alabama Sportswriters State Player-of-the-Year ... was tabbed to The Birmingham News 6A all-state team and Super All-Metro Team ... also named to Birmingham Post-Herald Super All-Metro squad ... listed as one of nation's top 100 running backs by Rivals.com ... as a senior at Vestavia Hills, he rushed for 1,710 yards (7.5 average) and 20 touchdowns ... for his career, Burks totaled 3,847 yards and 51 TDs ... had 5,349 all-purpose yards in career ... broke numerous school records, including career rushing yards and career touchdowns and season touchdowns (25) ... was coached by Buddy Anderson ... also was outstanding baseball player and wrestler.
PERSONAL: Born August 29, 1983 at Birmingham, Ala. ... son of Ken and Debra Burks ... major is communication studies.