One of the most pleasant developments of the 2002 season was the play of this transfer from I-AA Northern Arizona ... A high-intensity player whose motor runs full speed all the time ... Counted on to be a leader of a defense that returns only four starters from last season ... Team's leading returning tackler ... Will enter the season with a streak of six consecutive games with at least one tackle for loss ... Known by the nickname "Sweet Pea," given by his family when he was a baby ... Has played and started 12 games.
2002 (Junior): Made an immediate splash in the Division I-A ranks by earning second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in his first playing season with the Wildcats ... Started all 12 games ... Led the defensive line in tackles with 65 stops ... Led the team in tackles for loss with 14.5 for -51 yards ... Came on strong at the end of the season, as all three of his quarterback sacks occured in the last four games of the season ... His first sack scored a safety in the win over Mississippi State ... Tied for the team lead in fumbles caused and fumbles recovered with two in each category ... Added nine quarterback hurries and two pass breakups ... Totaled a career-high 10 tackles, along with two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery, in the win over Indiana ... Had career highs with three tackles for loss against Middle Tennessee and Georgia.
2001 (Sophomore): Transferred to UK from Northern Arizona ... Practiced with the Wildcats but was not eligible to play because of the transfer rule.
2000 (Freshman): Saw action in nine games at Northern Arizona ... Made 27 tackles ... Ranked second on the team in tackles for loss with 11 (-33 yards) ... Also recorded three sacks (-15) ... Intercepted a pass at Montana ... Claimed two sacks against Montana State ... Had season-high seven tackles against Southern Utah.
High School: First-team all-state as a senior at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga. ... Also the player of the year in his region ... Helped Lowndes to the Class AAAA state championship his senior season ... Named Most Valuable Player of the state championship game after blocking a punt and scoring the first touchdown of the game ... Led team with 23 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback sacks during the season and also tallied three defensive touchdowns ... Caught 15 passes on offense and scored five TDs ... Coached by Milt Miller ... Selected to play in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game in the summer following his senior season ... Competed in the shot put in track and field and was a power forward on the basketball team his sophomore and junior seasons.
Personal: Full name is Vincent Eric Burns, Jr. ... Born 6-21-81 in Valdosta, Ga. ... Son of Hank Burns and Lavern Gardner ... Major is kinesiology.
The Cats' Cause: Participated in a service event at the Ronald McDonald House (2002).
Burns Career Statistics
Year Position G-GS Tackles TFL-Yds. Sacks-Yds. FR FC PBU Safety 2002 Defensive End 12-12 65 14.5-51 3-22 2 2 2 1
Burns Game-by-Game Statistics
2002 Opponent Tackles TFL-Yds. Sacks-Yds. Louisville 5 2-6 0 Texas-El Paso 2 0 0 Middle Tennessee 5 3-7 0 Indiana 10 0.5-1 0 Florida 5 0 0 South Carolina 4 0 0 Arkansas 7 1.5-5 0 Georgia 6 3-5 0 Mississippi State 6 1.5-8 1-6 Louisiana State 4 1-8 1-8 Vanderbilt 4 1-3 0 Tennessee 7 1-8 1-8 Totals 65 14.5-51 3-22