Kevin Burnett Official Bio

An in-depth look at Kevin Burnett's career at Tennessee.

Full name: Kevin Bradley Burnett ... Elected team captain again for 2004 season ... Burnett and teammate Michael Munoz are first Vols since J.G. Lowe in 1924-25 to be elected captain in consecutive years ... Considered early entry into 2004 NFL Draft, but decided to return for senior season ... Huge season expected as he was named to Playboy's Preseason All-America squad for 2004 ... Has knack for delivering momentum-changing plays ... League coaches named him to 2003 All-SEC second team ... Returned to near 100 percent health after comeback from 2002 knee injury ... Fought through pain last year to register 90 tackles, including 71/2 for lost yardage ... Had at least seven tackles in game eight times last year ... Tied career high with 11 stops vs. Duke ... Two-time Academic All-SEC recipient who completed sport management undergraduate degree in May 2003 ... Also named to 2003 AFCA and SEC Good Works teams ... Coach Chavis' evaluation: "Kevin is a tremendous talent with big-play capability. He's extremely smart and gives us a great look with his pass rush off the edge." ... Born: Dec. 24, 1982.

- 2004 All-America Playboy Preseason; 2003 All-SEC Coaches (2nd), AFCA Good Works Team, SEC Good Works Team, Academic All-SEC; 2002 Academic All-SEC CAREER - Games/Started: 45/23 ...

- Games/Started: 8/8 ... Elected team captain for the second consecutive year in 2004 ... Semifinalist for the 2004 Butkus and Chuck Bednarik awards ... Also named to the 2004 Bronko Nagurski Watch List (for the best defensive player in college football regardless of position) ... Started the season strong with eight tackles and a fumble recovery in the win over UNLV ... SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors were bestowed upon the senior co-captain after he set a new career-high with 16 tackles (10 solo) vs. Florida ... Logged five tackles against La. Tech and also recorded his first career interception ... Recovered a fumble (his second of the year) to go along with his 12 tackles vs. Auburn ... Posted three stops at Georgia ... His seven-tackle outing at Mississippi was highlighted by a sack of UM quarterback Ethan Flatt for a loss of 13 yards on the Rebels' first possession ... Notched his third 10-tackle performance of the season when he totaled 12 stops vs. Alabama ... Posted 11 stops (nine solo) and one TFL at South Carolina.

2003 - Games/Started: 13/12 ... Finished the regular season ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 83 ... Sport management graduate was named a team captain prior to the season ... Along with offensive tackle Michael Munoz, became the first junior elected as a UT captain since 1944 ... Underwent reconstructive left knee surgery in October 2002 and made it back in time for the Vols' 2003 season opener against Fresno State, against whom he recorded six tackles, including a TFL on his first play ... Had two TFLs in one game for the first time against Marshall ... Made eight stops against No. 17 Florida ... Posted seven tackles and a PBU against South Carolina ... Added eight stops and another TFL against Auburn ... One TFL and a forced fumble highlighted his eight-tackle performance at Alabama ... Made 11 tackles, including one TFL, vs. Duke to equal his career high ... Tallied seven stops against Vanderbilt and six vs. Kentucky ... Named to the 2003 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.

2002 - Games/Started: 1/1 ... Set to become the Vols' next great playmaker at linebacker but was lost for the season in the opener against Wyoming ... Injury came in the first quarter of the game as he was applying pressure on the Cowboys' quarterback.

2001 - Games/Started: 12/2 ... Best outing as a Vol came against Notre Dame when he registered 11 tackles including eight solo ... Also caused a fumble versus the Irish that stopped a scoring drive ... He forced the fumble at the Tennessee 1-yard line and a teammate fell on the loose ball to keep the Irish out of the end zone ... Earned first start against Memphis and responded with eight tackles ... Finished the season with three and an half sacks

2000 - Games/Started: 11/0...A reserve at free safety early in the season, he played mainly with special teams...Switched to linebacker, and played behind Anthony Sessions... Memorable play was fumble recovery in fourth quarter against Alabama as Tide was driving...Had a sack against Alabama...Totals for season showed 11 tackles, two sacks and fumble recovery ...

HIGH SCHOOL - Member of the 1999 PrepStar All-America team ... Second-team All-State selection in California ... Selected to the "Best of the West" team by the Long Beach Press-Telegraph ... Had seven career interceptions from his free safety position ... Named first-team All-League as a running back ... At running back he had 48 carries for 650 yards and 16 touchdowns during his senior season ... Led team to state playoffs in 1998 and 1999 ... Coach at Dominguez High School: Keith Donerson.

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