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Vontaze Burfict
LB #55
Height:
6-1
Weight:
255
Age:
23
College:
Arizona State
Hometown:
Corona, CA
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
171
SCK
3.0
FF
1
INT
1
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 298 187 111 4.0 0 8 1 12 -- 12 0 1 4
2013 CIN 16 16 171 114 57 3.0 0 6 1 12 12 12 0 1 2
2012 CIN 16 14 127 73 54 1.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 2
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @CHI L 21-24 8 6 2 -- -- 1 1 12 12 12 0 0 --
2 PIT W 20-10 9 5 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 GB W 34-30 11 10 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @CLE L 6-17 14 5 9 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 NE W 13-6 8 7 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @BUF W 27-24 11 8 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
7 @DET W 27-24 13 8 5 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 NYJ W 49-9 11 7 4 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 @MIA L 20-22 6 6 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @BAL L 17-20 12 5 7 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 CLE W 41-20 15 10 5 -- 0 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
13 @SD W 17-10 13 11 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 IND W 42-28 8 6 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 @PIT L 20-30 12 6 6 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 MIN W 42-14 6 5 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 BAL W 34-17 14 9 5 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

2013 GENERAL: Has started at WLB in Games 1-15, with team-high 188 tackles, plus 3.0 sacks, an INT, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries (one returned for TD) and 10 passes defensed (leads front seven) ... Tied for team lead with seven tackles-for-loss, and has 10 QB pressures ... Has wide lead over second-place tackler (MLB Rey Maualuga with 99) ... In 15 games, has led team in tackles 11 times, tied for lead twice, finished second once and tied for second once … Has team’s three highest game-totals of the season in tackles, led by 18 on Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland.

2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Logged 11 tackles Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, second on team ... Team-leading 13 tackles Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay ... Recorded team-high 11 tackles and a 10-yard shoestring sack of Tom Brady on Oct. 6 vs. New England ... Led team with 13 tackles Oct. 13 at Buffalo, and his recovery of a Thad Lewis fumble at Bengals 47 led to a Cincinnati TD … Had 17 tackles Oct. 20 at Detroit, team’s highest total of season, and also had team’s top solo count with 13 ... Also at Detroit, had two passes defensed and one QB pressure ... Led team with 13 tackles Oct. 27 vs. the Jets, and also had a pass defensed and one QB pressure ... ... Seven tackles Oct. 31 at Miami, first game in last 15 (dating to 2012) without a double-figure tackle total ... Recorded 15 tackles with a pass defensed and a QB pressure Nov. 10 at Baltimore ... Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, when he re-set his team tackle-highs in total stops (18) and solos (15) and also forced a Chris Ogbonnaya fumble that he recovered and returned 13 yards for a TD ... Came into the Dec. 1 game at San Diego questionable with an ankle injury, but still led the team with 13 tackles, along with a pass defensed and two QB pressures ... Led team with 10 tackles and had two passes defensed Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... Led team with 13 tackles Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Missed fourth quarter Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, due to a concussion, but still tied for team lead with six tackles, including his first two-sack game, and he had two additional QB pressures.

Undrafted out of Arizona State in 2012, Burfict is now recognized as one of the NFL’s top young LBs … Leads team in tackles by margin of 85 through 15 games, and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 11 vs. Cleveland … As a rookie, claimed starting WLB spot that was opened by Thomas Howard injury and ended regular season with team-leading 174 tackles.

2013 GENERAL: Has started at WLB in Games 1-15, with team-high 188 tackles, plus 3.0 sacks, an INT, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries (one returned for TD) and 10 passes defensed (leads front seven) ... Tied for team lead with seven tackles-for-loss, and has 10 QB pressures ... Has wide lead over second-place tackler (MLB Rey Maualuga with 99) ... In 15 games, has led team in tackles 11 times, tied for lead twice, finished second once and tied for second once … Has team’s three highest game-totals of the season in tackles, led by 18 on Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland.

2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Logged 11 tackles Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, second on team ... Team-leading 13 tackles Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay ... Recorded team-high 11 tackles and a 10-yard shoestring sack of Tom Brady on Oct. 6 vs. New England ... Led team with 13 tackles Oct. 13 at Buffalo, and his recovery of a Thad Lewis fumble at Bengals 47 led to a Cincinnati TD … Had 17 tackles Oct. 20 at Detroit, team’s highest total of season, and also had team’s top solo count with 13 ... Also at Detroit, had two passes defensed and one QB pressure ... Led team with 13 tackles Oct. 27 vs. the Jets, and also had a pass defensed and one QB pressure ... ... Seven tackles Oct. 31 at Miami, first game in last 15 (dating to 2012) without a double-figure tackle total ... Recorded 15 tackles with a pass defensed and a QB pressure Nov. 10 at Baltimore ... Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, when he re-set his team tackle-highs in total stops (18) and solos (15) and also forced a Chris Ogbonnaya fumble that he recovered and returned 13 yards for a TD ... Came into the Dec. 1 game at San Diego questionable with an ankle injury, but still led the team with 13 tackles, along with a pass defensed and two QB pressures ... Led team with 10 tackles and had two passes defensed Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... Led team with 13 tackles Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Missed fourth quarter Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, due to a concussion, but still tied for team lead with six tackles, including his first two-sack game, and he had two additional QB pressures.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals as a college free agent on 5-2-12.

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2012—Played in all 16 games, with 14 starts (Games 3-16), and also started Wild Card playoff game ... Led team in tackles (174) ... Also had one sack and three passes defensed, as well as a FR on defense and another one on special teams ... Had team’s four highest game-totals in tackles this season — 23 on Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore, 16 on Oct. 21 vs. Pittsburgh, 15 on Dec. 2 at San Diego and 14 on Dec. 9 vs. Dallas ... Second on team in tackles-for-loss (eight), and had five QB pressures ... Played on special teams Sept. 10 at Baltimore (no statistics) ... Shared time at WLB Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland, and logged six tackles ... Credited with his first career start Sept. 23 at Washington and recorded seven tackles ... Led team in tackles (12) Sept. 30 at Jacksonville, and logged first career sack — 11-yarder of Blaine Gabbert in fourth quarter ... Tied for second on team in tackles (10) Oct. 7 vs. Miami, and recovered a fumble on a Dolphins punt return ... Led team in tackles (11) Oct. 14 at Cleveland, and had a pass defensed (batted pass) ... Recorded team-high 16 tackles, including 14 solos, Oct. 21 vs. Pittsburgh, and his two tackles-for-loss included a stop of WR Mike Wallace for minus-six ... Second on team in tackles (11) Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, including a third-down stop of RB Ahmad Bradshaw at Cincinnati 5-yard line in first quarter, forcing Giants to settle for FG ... Six tackles Nov. 18 at Kansas City, and recovered Peyton Hillis fumble at Chiefs 34 in first quarter ... Led team in tackles (13) Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, and his two tackles-for-loss included a shared fourth-and-one stop with DE Robert Geathers against FB Owen Schmitt at Bengals 45 ... Led team with 15 tackles Dec. 2 at San Diego, including nine solo stops ... Led team with 14 tackles Dec. 9 vs. Dallas ... Led team in tackles (10) Dec. 13 vs. Philadelphia, including three tackles-for-loss and a QB pressure ... Led team in tackles (12) Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh ... Team season-high 23 tackles, including 14 solos (tied season high) Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... Logged 10 tackles in Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston.

NO APPRENTICESHIP: Burfict in 2012 set a Bengals mark for most starts (14) in a rookie season by a player signed as a college free agent. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that since the 1970 merger, only two undrafted rookies had previously started as many as half of Cincinnati’s games — LB Armegis Spearman of Ole Miss (11 games in 2000) and T Kevin Sargent of Eastern Washington (eight games in 1992).

COLLEGE: Played three seasons at MLB for Arizona State (2009-11), seeing action in 37 games with 32 starts ... Totaled 228 career tackles, including 22.5 for loss, seven sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an INT ... Played in all 13 games in 2011, with 12 starts, and logged 69 tackles, including five sacks ... Reached semifinals consideration as a junior as a candidate for Butkus Award (top college LB) ... In sophomore season in 2010, led team with a career-best 90 tackles, and also had two forced fumbles ... Earned the starting MLB spot in the fourth game of his freshman season, logging 69 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Named the 2009 Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year, and was selected to several Freshman All-America lists.

PERSONAL: Hometown is Corona, Calif. ... Attended Centennial High School, rated a national prep power, and helped lead team to No. 2 national ranking as senior ... Prep All-American, and one of most highly-rated prospects in the country as senior ... Majored in Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State, with emphasis in criminal justice and sociology ... First name is pronounced “VONN-tez” and last name is pronounced “BER-fict” (rhymes with “perfect”).

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