The inspirational leader of the 2005 SBC Cotton Bowl championship squad, Kevin Burnett made his final season as a Vol his best.
He was elected team co-captain for the second consecutive year and was named a first-team All-America and All-SEC selection. He ranked second on the team with 120 tackles and third in the SEC with 9.2 tackles per game. He tied for the team lead for the team with seven special-teams tackles during the season.
He had a fast start to the 2004 season with eight tackles and a fumble recovery in the win over UNLV. He was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after he set a new career-high with 16 tackles (10 solo) in a 30-28 win over Florida. He led the Vols with six tackles against Texas A&M in the 2005 SBC Cotton Bowl.
He was a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection. He received his masterís degree in sport management in the Fall of 2004.