San Jose, Calif.
San Jose State
|Height / Weight:|
6-1 / 181
A heady player who brings Division I playing experience to K-State's defense after transferring from San Jose State.
2010: Sat out after transferring from San Jose State University.
2009 (San Jose State): Started all 12 games for the Spartans, leading the team with 96 total tackles... Recorded two interceptions and broke up one pass while forcing four fumbles and recovering another... Also caught one pass for 11 yards... Logged seven or more tackles in nine games, including a season-high 12 against Hawaii... Also had 11 stops against Cal Poly and Utah, and nine takedowns against USC, Stanford and Nevada... Earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after registering 11 tackles, a fumble recovery, an interception and two downed punts at the 1-yard line against Cal Poly.
2008 (San Jose State): Saw action as a safety and special teams player... Increased his playing time as a safety as the season progressed, finishing the season with four tackles and one tackle for loss in 10 games... Came up with his first career interception against Idaho... Recorded a season-high two tackles, including a tackle for loss, at Nevada.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three years at Valley Christian under head coach Mike Machado... A 2007 Second Team All-Central Coast Section selection, First Team All-West Catholic Athletic League selection and his team's Defensive Most Valuable Player... Finished his career with 274 tackles and nine interceptions.
PERSONAL: Tanner John Burns was born November 8, 1989, in Houston, Texas... Son of Keith and Yvonne Burns... Father, Keith, is the defensive backs coach at Ole Miss... Majoring in communications, while he wants to become a football coach.