Tape It Up: Kentucky: Music (City) To Their Ears

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Kentucky: Music (City) To Their Ears

With the Music City Bowl inching ever closer (kickoff is Dec. 31 at 4 pm ET), Kentucky is enjoying the music as its injury reports are becoming more and more optimistic. This week, head coach Rich Brooks reported that sophomore cornerback Paul Warford was able to practice by week's end and is now expected to play in Monday's game against a Florida State team badly depleted by suspensions. Warford had missed practices the previous week with a shoulder injury after finishing the season with 36 tackles and two interceptions.

Joining Warford on the may-be-able-to-play list is wide receiver Keenan Burton. Burton has been suffering from recurring swelling in his knee, swelling that was bad enough to list the senior as doubtful to play in the New Year's Eve game. However, Burton was able to do some running in practice by week's end, but as of Friday, he was listed as 50-50 for the game.

Burton is Kentucky's leading receiver with 59 catches for 685 yards and 9 touchdowns in only 11 games this season, and as a Biletnikoff Award finalist, is certainly someone the Wildcats would like to have on the field on Monday. Burton participated in about half of Friday's afternoon practice, and his status is still up in the air.

"It did not swell from yesterday," 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."

The Wildcats are looking to win back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 1950-51, and Burton is certainly a large piece of that winning puzzle.

"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."

Just because Florida State has to play with a depleted roster does not mean that Kentucky has to. If Burton's knee isn't the size of a grapefruit, expect him to be in uniform on the sideline at kickoff, ready to play.

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