Burnett has 74 tackles this season, second behind teammate Jason Allen and fourth in the Southeastern Conference. The preseason Playboy All-America selection has 228 career tackles and 22 career tackles for loss.
Burnett among semifinalists
The Carson, Calif., native becomes UT's first representative to make the final 12 in the nine-year history of the Bednarik Award, presented annually by the Robert W. Maxwell Football Club in the Philadelphia suburb of Roslyn, Pa. Three weeks ago, Burnett was named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award as one of the nation's top collegiate linebackers.
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