Burton Stars in Annual Spring Game

Every quarterback needs a go-to reciever.

Couch had Yeast. Bonner had Whalen. Lorenzen had Abney.

Does Shane Boyd have Keenan Burton?

"I'd like to be that playmaker for him," the sophomore wide receiver said. "But we've got plenty of other guys on this team who can make plays, not just me."

In the first half, Keenan gave us a glimpse into the future without Derek Abney; taking the opening kickoff 93-yards for the game's first score.

"He's a playmaker," Boyd said. "It's not surprising, but it was good to see him doing that."

Offensively, the Louisville native did not disappoint either; leading all receivers with 99 yards receiving, on just four catches.

"Keenan has made tremendous strides," UK coach Rich Brooks said. "We can't forget that he is in the spring of his freshman year though. We want him to get stronger and more physical, but he has big play capabilities, has great hands and good routes."

Of Burton's four catches, his first represented just what to expect from the sophomore out of Manual High School in the Fall of 2004. After drawing the defensive line off-sides, Quarterback Shane Boyd connected with Burton for a 44-yard yard reception that dazzled and amazed the crowd of over 6,000 strong. Reaching out fully extended towards the ball; Burton brought down a fingertip catch along the sidelines. All the while, remaining inbounds.

"I liked the catch," Burton said with a grin. "I am glad I brought it down."

2004 should give UK fans even more highlight catches from perhaps the most talented individual on the team.

"I just wanna help this team," Burton said. "I am not in this for the glory, I want to see this team excel."


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