Zak Burden, Rio Linda Junior, safety
In an example of a team player, Burden battled Stephen Andrews for the Rio Linda quarterback job, lost to the senior but seamlessly merged into other roles in helping the Knights to a 4-1 start.
In a 21-7 victory over Ponderosa last week, the junior safety recovered a fumble and had two interceptions, returning one 21 yards for a touchdown, and is The Sacramento Bee's Prep Player of the Week through fan voting.
Burden quarterbacked the Knights' junior varsity team to a Capital Valley Conference title last fall. Despite a lanky frame, he is a member of the Rio Linda 1,000-Pound Club in the weight room.
- Joe Davidson