Impressed the coaching staff during the spring and simply needs more game experience to become a first-rate center ... Got some experience in 2002 and is ready to play when called upon ... Enters fall practice as the No. 2 center behind capable senior Nick Seitze ... Has been selected as a member of the prestigious UK Athletics "Society of Character" ... Has played in 18 games.
2002 (Sophomore): Perhaps the best position change of spring practice came when he moved from the defensive line to center ... Played in all 12 games on special teams and as the backup center ... Made 3.5 knockdown blocks during his stints at center ... Earned his second varsity letter.
2001 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in six games, mostly on special teams ... Made one tackle ... Earned his first varsity letter.
2000 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Standout two-way lineman who was a four-year letterman at Dunbar HS in Lexington, helping his team advance to the state playoffs all four seasons ... Team won 13 games in two different seasons, finishing as state runner-up his sophomore year and going to the regional finals as a junior ... Started three seasons at defensive end and two years as a offensive lineman ... Totaled 121 tackles in his career, including 10 sacks and five fumbles caused ... Had 41 tackles as a senior, with two sacks and two fumbles caused ... Second-team all-state as a senior by The Associated Press, third-team by the Louisville Courier-Journal, and named to the "Class of the Commonwealth" top 22 seniors by the Lexington Herald-Leader ... Three-year pick on the all-city team ... The #14 defensive lineman in the Southeast by PrepStar ... One of the top 100 players in the Southeast and the #39 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com ... Invited to play in the Kentucky-Tennessee High School All-Star Game ... Coached by Mike Meighan ... Also played one year of basketball at Dunbar ... Honor roll student who was nominated for the Wendy's "High School Heisman" award ... His great uncle, John Burnett, played football at Vanderbilt ... Daniel fulfilled a "lifelong dream" by signing with the Wildcats ... Committed early to UK, but had received serious recruiting interest from Boston College, North Carolina, Michigan, and Louisville.
Personal: Full name is Daniel Mattone Burnett ... Born 10-31-81 in Lexington ... Son of Chapman and LuAnn Burnett ... Major is finance.
The Cats' Cause: Motivational speaker and participant in service events at numerous area schools (2000-03) ... Served meals at the Hope Center (2000-01) ... Participated in a service event at the UK Children's Hospital (2002) ... Participated in the "Cats Cultivating Character" Program (2002-03).