Burdette Working To Improve
Athleticism is nothing new to Senatobia offensive and defensive lineman Tre Burdette. For Tre, it can be found in the blood that he was given at birth. Tre’s cousin, Marvin, was a punishing linebacker for perennial power South Panola from 06-08 and went on to play for UAB and the NFL’s Washington Redskins. Tre’s brother, Quinn, was a speedy running back for Senatobia who went on to play football and run track for Ole Miss and later earned a taste from the NFL by attending the Giants mini camp. Tre is looking to continue the family’s athletic tradition as his junior year awaits.
“We have a very athletic family,” Tre told SES Mississippi. “A lot of competition with each other goes on, but we all love to make one another better.”
On and off the field, Tre is a winner, in his sport and in academics, something that is heavily emphasized in the Burdette family.
“Mom always told me, if you can’t pass, you can’t play. That will stick with me forever.”
Last season, under new leadership with Brooks Oakley as head coach, Tre was a part of a Senatobia team that finished 8-4 and faced a lot of adversity, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.
“This past season was a little crazy, we lost our four year starting quarterback Cooper Stevens in the second game of the season due to a torn ACL. Then three games later, we lost our second string quarterback to a broken wrist. Most teams would have been in a very bad situation with their third string quarterback, but we were very fortunate to have Niageria Young step in and get the job done,” Tre said.
Tre’s 5’11, 290 pound frame was used last season on the offensive line when the Warriors’ four year starting left tackle was injured, however, it is playing on the defensive line that really makes him a force to be reckoned with by clogging gaps and shading blocks on frequent occasions. He gets his inspiration from Dontari Poe, a defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs.
“All through the week, I'm watching his (Poe’s) highlights. Every Friday as I'm waiting in the locker room, I'm watching him. We’re nearly the same size, he's not too big compared to other NFL defensive linemen, but he plays with heart,” Tre said.
As the first of the 2017 Fortius Project Combines approaches at Itawamba Community College on Feb. 25, Tre is looking to improve the little things about his game.
“I have to improve on the basic fundamentals of the game,” Tre said about what he is looking to accomplish at the Fortius Project. “It’s the little things that matter.”
Next season, Tre, along with his other Warrior teammates, will look to retake the region and fight for a state title, something that the Warriors have not won since 2004 when they were in 3A.
“The work everyone is putting in is outrageous. You can see the hunger on everyone’s face in there,” Tre said.