''I think it's a great statement that two young men with fine character and academic background like Kevin and Michael also have represented our university on the field well enough to be named to the All-America football team,'' head coach Phillip Fulmer said.
''I say that particularly about the coaches' team because that team offers the most insight toward which individuals are of the highest quality. Kevin Burnett and Michael Munoz certainly fit that description.''
Burnett began 2004 being named a Playboy Preseason All-America, then added preseason All-SEC nods from both the coaches and media. He has 101 overall tackles from the linebacker position to trail teammate Jason Allen by 11 for the team and SEC lead. He ranks sixth in Division I-A with 76 solo stops and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after making 16 tackles in the win over Florida.
Munoz has 59 knockdown blocks from the offensive tackle position and has helped Tennessee to a rushing average of 177.2 yards per game compared to 138.5 in 2003. He was a vital part of the offensive line that helped groom freshman quarterbacks Erik Ainge and Brent Schaeffer, then transitioned smoothly to current signal-caller Rick Clausen. Munoz has started all 46 games in which he has appeared.
Tennessee has had a total of 67 individual All-America selections, recognized a total of 82 times. The Vols have placed at least one player on an All-America team in seven of the last eight years.