VAUGHT: Burton rooting for Cards

Keenan Burton is from Louisville and went to high school near the University of Louisville campus. One of his best friends, Michael Bush, plays for the Cardinals as do several other players he knows.

Still, it wasn't easy for the University of Kentucky junior receiver to admit today that he's rooting for the Cardinals when they play Rutgers Thursday as they continue their quest to reach the national championship game.

"I want my home school to have success because I feel a real passion for my friend, Mike, and I know how much it means for him to go out, or come back, on a high note. If Louisville having success makes him happy, then I want them to have success."

Bush broke his leg in Louisville's season-opening win over Kentucky and is out for the season. He could come back to Louisville next year or jump to the NFL.

Burton and Bush still talk before games even though Bush is no longer playing. Burton says Bush remains one of his biggest fans and understands how important it is to him to help UK reach a bowl game.

" In fact, he was supposed to come down to the Georgia game (last week). He was so upset that he didn't get to come because they had practice," Burton said. "I told him, ‘You have to do what you have to do.' But I knew he wanted to be there for me and that meant a lot to me that even he wanted to come watch my play being in the situation he is. I know he would have been pestered and bugged about everything, but he wanted to see his friend play and that meant a lot to me."

So Burton will be a Louisville fan Thursday night?

If his team having success makes him (Bush) happy, then I will root for Louisville just this one time," Burton said. "To be honest, it really kind of hurts to say that, but it is all in fun. We had a chance to play them and beat them, but we didn't. They played great their last game (against West Virginia) and they are one of the best teams in the nation. If they win out, they should get a chance to play for the national championship and I will be happy for them."

Classy words from a classy player.

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