Redshirt-sophomore center healthy, eager to anchor offensive line
Tech is hoping to turn its numbers up front into depth
Shaquille Mason is carving his niche on Tech's veteran O-line.
Yellow Jackets have reason to be optimistic in 2013
Injury-riddled Yellow Jackets weren't completely in sync at Saturday's scrimmage
One of the leading candidates to start at center this fall... also a possibility at tackle... anxious to get on the playing field after sitting out all of 2013 with a knee injury suffered in the spring... made a big impression on the coaching staff in 2012 with his work ethic on the scout team... was named the 2012 scout team offensive player of the year... will get to play against his hometown school, Georgia Southern, Sept. 13.
2014 (redshirt sophomore): Started in all 13 games at center ... A part ofTech's offensive line allowed just 0.77 sacks per game (1st in the ACC, tied for third nationally) ... Tech ranked first in the ACC and third nationally in rushing offense.
2013 (redshirt freshman):Sat out the season recovering from a knee injury.
2012 (true freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Statesboro HS... played for head coach Steve Pennington... was a tight end in high school... rated three stars by Rivals... Statesboro finished 10-1 overall and 6-0 in the league... Statesboro won the Region 2-AAAA title in 2010 and 2011... a two-time All-Region pick and named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution All-State First Team in 2011.
Personal: Full name is Freddie Hamilton Burden... born July 8, 1994... son of Willie and Velma Burden... has a brother, Willie, Jr.... lifelong friends and high school teammates with current Tech teammate Micheal Summers... his father Willie was a running back at NC State in the mid-1970s and played in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders... he was the CFL Most Outstanding Player in 1975..."Tech is one of the best combinations of college football and education you can get," Burden said... majoring in business administration.