NCAA Football: Central Florida opens their season against Florida International .
SOPHOMORE (2015) -One of only two Knights (Thomas Niles) to start every game on defense -Capped off junior year with 56 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one interception, four break-ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery -Had at least three tackles in all 12 games -FIU 9/3: Forced a fumble, had a tackle for loss and six tackles overall -Stanford 9/12: Completed the day with two QB pressures, one tackle for loss and five tackles -Furman 9/19: Boasted a sack for 10 yards, a break-up and three tackles -South Carolina 9/26 and Tulane 10/3: Had three tackles with a break-up -UConn 10/10: Delivered seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack -Temple 10/17: Notched three tackles, half a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery -Houston 10/24: Had four tackles with half a tackle for loss -Cincinnati 10/31: Finished with five tackles -Tulsa 11/7: Hauled in an interception with a 15-yard return, while also having a break-up, four tackles and a sack for five yards -East Carolina 11/19: Checked in with seven tackles and a forced fumble -USF 11/26: Had six tackles in the finale
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2014) -Earned a spot on the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team -Bethune-Cookman 9/20: Totaled seven tackles (four solo) and notched one sack for a loss of seven yards -BYU 10/9: Recorded nine tackles (six solo) -Tulane 10/18: Added three total stops -Tulsa 11/14: Totaled six tackles (three solo)
TRUE FRESHMAN (2013) -Started at Penn State and appeared in four games overall before suffering an injury -Completed the season with seven tackles with one for a loss of five yards -Akron 8/29: Recorded 3 total tackles (two solo) in first UCF appearance -At FIU 9/6: Posted two solo stops and one TFL -Also had a tackle at Penn State and vs. South Carolina
HIGH SCHOOL -Coached by Billy Gresham at Carver -Carver went 13-2 and 6-1 in league play in 2012, advancing to the Alabama 6A state semifinals -Rated with three stars by Rivals -Earned an 85 rating from 247Sports.com -Served as a strong safety as a senior in high school -Posted 68 total tackles with three interceptions, two touchdowns and three forced fumbles in 2012 en route to a spot on the all-metro team -Attended 2012 summer camp at Vanderbilt -Collected 59 tackles, four forced fumbles, three interceptions and one touchdown as a junior, and 72 tackles with three forced fumbles and two interceptions as a sophomore -Also played basketball while in high school -Chose UCF over Auburn, Arkansas State, Clemson, Kentucky, Marshall, Memphis, South Alabama, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt, as well as interest from Alabama, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Northern Illinois, South Carolina and Tennessee
PERSONAL -Born in Montgomery, Ala. -Parents are Corey and Sharon Burkett