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Rio Linda safety Zak Burden (20) delivers a hit earlier in the season against Center receiver Kris Sutton (4).

Player of the Week: Rio Linda safety Zak Burden

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 - 9:59 am
Last Modified: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 - 3:10 pm

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

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