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
2014 ALL-ACC, HONORABLE MENTION(ACSMA)
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.
High School: Statesboro HS ... Played for head coach Steve Pennington ... Was tight end in high school ... Rated three stars by Rivals ... 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 Willie and Velma Burden ... Has one brother, Willie Jr. ... Lifelong friends and high school teammates with current Tech teammate Micheal Summers ... 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 ... Majoring in business administration.