Louisville linebackers James Burgess and Keith Kelsey call themselves the Bash Brothers; they have one more game together

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - University of Louisville linebackers Keith Kelsey and James Burgess call themselves the 'Bash Brothers.' The two defensive standouts are preparing for one final game together in the Music City Bowl on Wednesday.

University of Louisville linebackers James Burgess and Keith Kelsey have started 25 games together and played in 37 games over the last three seasons in the same lienbacking group for the Cardinals.

On Wednesday night, the Bash Brothers will have one final ride.

Burgess - a senior - and Kelsey - a junior - are two of the leaders for the Cardinals' as they will take on Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl in Nissan Stadium on Wednesday at 7 o'clock eastern time.

"He's my brother," Kelsey said of Burgess. "We have to go out there and get one more win. It's been a fun journey."

Added Burgess: "It would mean a lot for us to win our last game together."

Burgess and Kelsey have started all 25 games the past two seasons for the Cardinals and posted some ridiculous numbers. The duo has combined for 349 total tackles, 38.5 tackles for a loss and 12.5 sacks.

"Those guys have been greta leaders and great players for us," defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said.

Burgess said the linebackere are just "trying to make play to helup us win."

The Bash Brothers have made their share of plays.

Kelsey was named a first-team All-ACC selection by the media and leads the team with 100 tackles this season. He was second on the team last year with 87 and has 12 tackles for a loss this season.

Burgess, a third-team All-ACC selection, has 91 tackles this season after recording 71 each of the past two seasons. He has 261 career tackles, along with 31.5 tackles for a loss and 13 pass breakups.

"It would mean a lot for us," Burgess said. "I installed a lot in this young kid (Kelsey) right here. He can lead them something better than I led them too this year in the future."

Burgess' future is clear - the NFL. He's considered one of the top 20 linebacker prospects in the senior class, while Kelsey is a junior but has ask for his NFL evaluation. He will make a decision in the coming weeks.

Kelsey said the Cardinals are "learning what Texas A&M is going to do on offense," while also focusing on improving what they do on defense. The bottom line he said is getting a win.

"We just have to go out there and play our game," Kelsey said. "They have a really good offense no matter who the quarterback is."


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