Georgia Tech's do-everything QB displays Edelman-like versatility for scouts
Nine former Yellow Jackets perform for pro football personnel
Georgia Tech's three-year starter at center is rehabbing from injury suffered in TaxSlayer Bowl
Mills, Burden, Butker represent Georgia Tech football on squad, which honors ACC teams that went 9-3 in 2016 postseason
QB Justin Thomas and C Freddie Burden conclude their Georgia Tech football careers together in Saturday's TaxSlayer Bowl
March 17, 2017
Georgia Tech takes on Georgia in Athens on Saturday, November 26, 2016
No. 14 Georgia Tech got a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns from Patrick Skov as the Yellow Jackets rallied on the road at No. 8 Notre Dame, but the Fighting Irish held on for a 30-23 victory Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.
No. 15 Football Rolls Green Wave, 65-10
2016 ALL-ACC, THIRD TEAM (ACSMA)
2014 ALL-ACC, HONORABLE MENTION (ACSMA)
2016 (Redshirt Senior): Named first-team all-ACC by ESPN.com ... tabbed third-team all-ACC by league's coaches and media ... voted ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following Georgia Tech's 38-7 romp over Vanderbilt (Sept. 17) ... started 12 games at center ... had a streak of 35-consecutive starts snapped when he missed the Virginia Tech game (Nov. 12) due to injury ... was the anchor and leader of an offensive front that paved the way for Georgia Tech to rank ninth nationally in rushing offense (258.1 ypg) and 17th nationally in fewest sacks allowed (1.23 pg) ... took eight defenders to the ground while helping the Jackets rush for 289 yards and amass 511 yards of total offense in the 38-7 rout over Vandy ... sustained a lower-leg injury in TaxSlayer Bowl win over Kentucky.
2015 (Redshirt Junior): Started at center in all 12 games ... Has made 26 consecutive starts at center.
2014 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started all 14 games at center ... Part of Tech's offensive line that allowed just 0.79 sacks per game (1st in ACC, 2nd nationally) ... Tech ranked first nationally in rushing offense, posting school-record marks for rushing yards (4,789) and rushing yards per game (342.1) ... Honorable mention All-ACC by ACSMA.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman): Did not play ... Sat out season to recover from knee injury.
2012 (True Freshman): Redshirted, did not play ... Named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year.
High School: Statesboro H.S. ... Played for head coach Steve Pennington ... Was tight end in high school ... Rated three stars by Rivals.com ... Statesboro finished 10-1 overall and 6-0 in league ... Statesboro won Region 2-AAAA title in 2010 and 2011 ... Two-time All-Region pick and named to Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State First Team in 2011.
Personal: Full name is Freddie Hamilton Burden ... Born July 8, 1994 ... Son of the late Willie Burden and Velma Burden ... Has one brother, Willie Jr. ... Father, Willie, was running back at NC State in mid-1970s and played in CFL for Calgary Stampeders ... Was CFL Most Outstanding Player in 1975 ... "Tech is one of the best combinations of college football and education you can get," Burden said ... Graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.