Kentucky's Burton Is 50-50 for Music City Bowl Game Against Florida State

Keenan Burton was given a 50-50 chance of playing

Dec. 28, 2007

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kentucky receiver Keenan Burton was given a 50-50 chance of playing against Florida State after the Wildcats wrapped up practice Friday for the Music City Bowl.

The star wideout, hobbling with a knee injury, participated in about half of the afternoon practice under a drizzly sky at Vanderbilt University.

Wildcats coaches will monitor Burton's knee over the weekend before deciding whether or not he will play Monday.

"It did not swell from yesterday," Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said Friday. "I would say it's 50-50. If he doesn't swell from what he did today, then he'll probably play in the game."

Burton said practicing Friday after missing Thursday's session helped him gauge his progress.

"I have to go through team stuff in order to fully see if everything is going to be fine, then just wait it out to see how it feels," he said. "It's just day by day, really."

Burton leads the Wildcats with 59 receptions and is second in receiving yards (685) and touchdown catches (nine). He was a finalist for this year's Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation's top receiver.

"He's clearly a guy who has made huge, big plays in his career," Brooks said. "If we don't have him out there, we're going to miss those big plays."

Burton, a senior, wants to help the Wildcats win back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 1950-51.

"It's important because it would be my last game," he said of playing. "I want to go out on something special and be part of something special."