The 6-3, 250-pound linebacker will forgo his senior season.
Garth Gerhart and Jamal Miles earn First Team honors
ASU football coach previews homecoming weekend vs. Colorado
Vontaze Burfict named Second-Team All-American at season's midpoint
SUN DEVIL SPORTING NEWS FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
Vontaze Burfict, LB, 2010
Terrell Suggs, DE, 2002
Pat Tillman, LB, 1997
Terry Battle, RB/KR, 1996
David Fulcher, S, 1984 and 1985
Vernon Maxwell, LB, 1982
Mike Richardson, S, 1981 and 1982
Al Harris, DE, 1978
Mike Haynes, DB, 1975
Bob Breunig, LB, 1974
J.D. Hill, SE, 1970
Ron Pritchard, LB, 1968
Curley Culp, DL, 1967
The Meanest Man in College Football: Vontaze Burfict (by Matt Hayes, Sporting News/July 28, 2011)
Interview with ASU LB Vontaze Burfict (ESPN/April 26, 2011)
Burfict wants to leave yellow flags in the past (April 26, 2011)
Sundevils 6,7,8 will pack a punch (ESPN/June 9, 2010)
ASU Linebackers are Like Brothers (Azcentral/June 8, 2010)
Burfict Living up to the Hype (Azcentral/Sept. 17, 2009)
Burfict has perfect hit vs Idaho State (Youtube/Sept. 5, 2009)
ASU: Three-year member of the Sun Devil football team...three-year letterman...made 228 career tackles, including 22.5 for loss (77 yards)...had seven career sacks (50 yards)...broke up 12 passes in his career, forced four fumbles and recovered three...made his first career interception against USC on Sept. 24 and returned it 36 yards...played in 37 career games, making 32 starts...made a career-high 11 tackles vs. NAU on Sept. 11, 2010, and at Georgia on Sept. 26, 2009...collected a career-best three sacks against UC Davis on Sept. 1, 2011...had one of the most productive freshman seasons in school history and was named Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year...selected to the Freshman All-American Team by CollegeFootballNews.com and to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team...named a Freshman All-American by Scout.com and earned a spot on the Sporting News All-Pac-10 Freshman Team...earned the starting middle linebacker spot in the fourth game of his freshman season.
2011: Played in all 13 games, making 12 starts...tied for second on the team in tackles with 69, including 40 solo...added seven tackles-for-loss, including five sacks...collected his first career interception in a win over then-No. 23 USC on Sept. 24...also had a fumble recovery and three pass breakups on the season...recorded three sacks for a loss of 20 yards in the season opener vs. UC Davis on Sept. 1...had five solo tackles, including a 14-yard sack, and a pass breakup in a win over then-No. 19 Missouri on Sept. 9...tied his season-high with nine tackles, including four solo, at Illinois Sept. 17...made a team-leading nine tackles vs. Colorado Oct. 29...recorded six tackles, including five solo and a six-yard sack, at UCLA Nov. 5...collected seven tackles, including five solo, vs. Arizona Nov. 19...had five solo tackles and a fumble recovery at Washington State Nov. 12...had a pair of pass breakups vs. Oregon State on Oct. 1...had seven tackles at then-No. 9 Oregon on Oct. 15...made five tackles at Utah Oct. 8...totaled five tackles, including four solo, vs. Cal on Nov. 25...Butkus Award Semi-Finalist...named to a number of award watch lists, including Chuck Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski, Rotary Lombardi and Walter Camp...member of numerous preseason first-team All-American teams, including Phil Steele, Lindy's, Athlon and The Sporting News.
2010: Followed up Freshman year with an equally impressive Sophmore season..selected as The Sporting News Pac-10s Defensive MVP...named to Phil Steele's Midseason All-Pac-10 team...Second-Team All-Pac-10 on defense by Scout.com...appeared in every game, starting all but one...led strong ASU defense with 90 tackles, including 54 solos...added 8.5 tackles for loss for minus 18 yards...lead team in tackles for four straight games starting Sept. 11 vs Northern Arizona...one third of tackles were vs top 15 opponents...finshed with 10 or more tackles five times throughout season...tied team with most forced fumbles (two) and third most pass break-ups (three)...tied a career high 11 tackles (six solo) vs NAU...five tackles on Halloween eve shutout victory of Washington State...key component in 30-29 Territorial Cup victory with three of his seven tackles coming in overtime period...earned his first Hard Hat player recognition for his work in ASU's offseason strength and conditioning program.
2009: Finished his freshman season second on the team in total tackles with 69 (40 solo)...added seven tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles...led the team with two fumble recoveries and was tops among all linebackers with five pass breakups...appeared in all 12 games of the season and started the final nine...had his first career start Oct. 3 against Oregon State...led the team in tackles in five games...had five tackles (two solo), a sack, a fumble recovery, and one and a half tackles for loss in his first collegiate game vs. Idaho State Sept. 5...collected a season-high 11 tackles (three solo) and one and half tackles for loss at Georgia Sept. 26...led the team with eight tackles (six solo), one tackle for loss and a forced fumble Nov. 14 against Oregon...recorded seven tackles (five solo) and fumble recovery vs. California Oct. 31.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Centennial High School in Corona, Calif...the highest-ranked football prospect ever to sign a letter of intent to attend Arizona State University...is the prototypical middle linebacker that starred for one of the nation's most prominent programs...is incredibly intense, tenacious, powerful and speedy...unanimously rated as the top middle linebacker prospect in the United States and is one of the very best high school football players in America...changes direction very well and is very difficult to block...is a ferocious hitter and an excellent blitzer...has the ability to significantly impact a football game in several ways...rated as a five-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com...earned First-Team All-America honors by EA Sports...rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 9 prospect at any position...also rated by Rivals.com as the No. 2 prospect in the state of California and the best run-stopping linebacker in the nation....participated among the nation's elite in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas and was considered one of the most impressive players during practices and in the game...earned First-Team All-America Honors by MaxPreps...listed by ESPN Scouts, Inc. as the No. 16 overall player in the ESPN 150 list...regarded as the No. 18 overall recruit in the country by PrepStar and the No. 26 overall prospect by SuperPrep...ranked by Scout.com as the No. 29 overall recruit in the 2009 class...ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect by SuperPrep in the California/Hawaii/Nevada 150 list...was a teammate of current Sun Devils William Sutton, Shelly Lyons and Brandon Magee...gives ASU five members of its roster to have played at Centennial High School, the greatest amount of out-of-state players from one school ever to be on a Sun Devil roster at the same time...Centennial earned a No. 2 national ranking at the end of the 2008 season...was named to the Badger/New Level All-Las Vegas Camp Team in the spring of 2008...earned First-Team Best in the West honors by the Long Beach Press-Telegram, joining fellow ASU teammate Corey Adams on that list...was named the Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-Golden State honors by GoldenStatePreps.com...also was named the Southern California Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-Southern California honors by GoldenStatePreps.com...led the Huskies as a senior with 159 total tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries...had 10 or more tackles in 10 of 14 games and never recorded fewer than eight tackles in a game...recorded a season-high 17 tackles and added 0.5 quarterback sacks against Roosevelt on Oct. 10, 2008...collected 16 tackles and two fumble recoveries against Norco on Nov. 14, 2008...totaled 16 tackles and one sack against Vista Murrieta on Nov. 28, 2008...totaled 13 tackles with one interception against De la Salle on Dec. 19, 2008 in the CIF Division-1 Bowl Game...collected a team-high 130 tackles as a junior in 2007 and added four sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery...helped anchor a linebackers unit that included Sun Devils Shelly Lyons and Brandon Magee...registered at least 10 tackles in seven of 13 games on the year and never posted fewer than seven tackles in a game...collected a season-high 15 total tackles against Clovis West on Sept. 28, 2007...posted 13 total stops against King on Sept. 7, 2007 and also against Valley View on Oct. 12, 2007...tallied a season-high two quarterback sacks, in addition to 11 total tackles, against Glendora on Nov. 23, 2007...chose ASU over USC and had several additional scholarship offers...committed to the Sun Devils on February 4, 2009, National Letter of Intent Signing Day...coached by Matt Logan at Centennial High School.
PERSONAL: A Interdisciplinary Studies major with an emphasis in criminal justice and sociology.
Burfict's Career Statistics
Burfict's Game-by-Game Statistics
|09/01/11||Vs UC Davis||3/0/3||3.0/20||3.0/20||-|
|09/09/11||Vs #21 Missouri||5/0/5||1.0/14||1.0/14||-|
|09/24/11||Vs #23 USC||2/3/5||-||0.5/1||0/0/1|
|10/01/11||Vs Oregon State||0/2/2||-||-||-|
|10/15/11||At #9 Oregon||4/3/7||-||0.5/0||-|
|11/12/11||At Washington State||5/0/5||-||-||0/1/0|
|12/22/11||Vs Boise State||0/1/1||-||-||-|
|09/04/10||Vs Portland State||2/0/2||-||-||-|
|09/18/10||At #11 Wisconsin||3/7/10||-||2.0/3||-|
|09/25/10||Vs #5 Oregon||5/5/10||-||2.5/9||-|
|10/02/10||At Oregon State||5/4/9||-||-||-|
|10/30/10||Vs Washington State||3/2/5||-||1.0/2||-|
|11/13/10||Vs #6 Stanford||6/4/10||-||1.5/1||-|
|09/05/09||Vs Idaho State||2/3/5||1.0/9||1.5/10||0/1/0|
|10/03/09||Vs Oregon State||1/0/1||-||-||-|
|10/10/09||At Washington State||3/1/4||1.0/1||2.0/3||-|
|11/07/09||Vs #12 USC||4/2/6||-||-||-|
|11/14/09||At #14 Oregon||6/2/8||-||1.0/1||1/0/0|