UK Notebook: Wrist injury ends Burton's season

September 21, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON - Keenan Burton was expected to be a rising star on this year's Kentucky football team. Instead, the sophomore receiver is going to miss this rest of the year because of a broken wrist.

Coach Rich Brooks announced Monday that Burton will have surgery Thursday to repair a fracture in his wrist that limited him to only returning kickoffs against Indiana Saturday.

Burton was injured in UK's season-opening loss to Louisville, a game where he returned three kickoffs for a 29.3-yard average and caught two passes for 13 yards.

Burton will be able to apply for a medical hardship redshirt season and will retain three years of eligibility if the request is granted. He's expected to be able to return to spring practice.


"I'm disappointed for Keenan and for the team," Brooks said. "It's a tough loss for us. We were fortunate that we had some receivers make big plays against Indiana. They will have to continue to step up because Keenan was one of our top receivers coming into the season."

Burton caught 20 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns last year when he was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team by the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Honored: Kentucky junior center Matt McCutchan has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in Saturday's 51-32 victory over Indiana .

McCutchan had eight cut blocks (takes opponent off his feet), three knockdown blocks (knocks opponent on ground), and one pancake block (knocks opponent on his back). McCutchan, a transfer from Navy, did not allow a sack in his protection of quarterback Shane Boyd, who threw for 205 yards and ran for 130 yards.

McCutchan's blocking helped Kentucky score 51 points, the most ever for the Wildcats against the Hoosiers. Kentucky had 560 yards total offense, its highest mark under Brooks.

The SEC started this award this year because offensive linemen seldom were named the overall player of the week.

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