Burton shocked by criticism of Brooks

Former University of Kentucky receiver Keenan Burton was checking some message boards this week and said he was shocked at some of the criticism directed at UK Coach Rich Brooks following UK’s 24-17 loss to South Carolina.

“Fans need to relax a little bit right now,” he said. “I understand fans want the team to win, but they really need to lay off Coach Brooks. They’re playing with a lot of inexperienced players on offense, and they’re 4-2. Coach Brooks has built the program, and built it the right way. I’ve actually read where people have said Coach Brooks needs to go. That’s crazy.”

Burton is set to return to the field for the St. Louis Rams this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys after missing three games following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

“I’m anxious,” Burton said. “I feel like I have something to prove. And coming back against Dallas, what more can you ask for?”

The Rams got their first win of the season last week at Washington after dropping its four games and going through a coaching change after Scott Linehan was fired and replaced with assistant Jim Haslett.

This isn’t the first time Burton has dealt with football drama. At UK, he endured a coaching change, NCAA probation, constant speculation about Brooks’ future, and three losing seasons before closing with back-to-back bowl bids.

“This is easy compared to what I went through at Kentucky,” Burton said.

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