2002: Redshirted the season.
High School: Three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for Coach Dominick Ciao, including his last two as an offensive tackle. First team all-state choice as a junior. Sat out most of his senior season with a broken ankle but was still named to the all-district squad. Member of the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune all-county teams in 2001. Listed as one of Florida's Top 100 by the Orlando Sentinel. FloridaPrep.com rates him as one of the top 75 players in the state. Athlon had him as one of the Top 25 offensive linemen in the country in its preseason rankings. Invited to play in the Hillsborough County All-Star and Florida/Georgia All-Star games. A team captain his senior season. Started at defensive tackle as a sophomore. Team went undefeated his senior year and advanced to the regional finals for the third time in his career. Jesuit won district championships three years. Three-year letterwinner in track and field who threw the shot put and discus. Was district champion in the shot put in 2001 and was named to the all-district team. Chose Tulane because it "provides me the opportunity to play Division I football at one of the top academic schools in the country."
Personal: Mark Johnson Burgess. Born February 12, 1984 in Tampa, Florida. The son of Jack and Colette Burgess. His grandfather, George "Ironman" Johnson played football at the University of Pittsburgh in the 1940s. Majoring in the humanities at Tulane.