This article was written by Tyler Bloyd, a contributor with KentuckySports.co.
As we struggle through the slow summer days of the sporting world with only baseball being played and our local Cincinnati Reds hurting, we tend to need ideas to get us all through these times and I believe copying off Kelly Patrick and doing a Top Ten Kentucky players according to NCAA Football 2012 would be a great idea, so here we go…
Starting with the #10 player on the roster, senior offensive tackle from Blue Ash, Ohio, #66 Chandler Burden. The 6’4 300lb tackle was ranked as a 3-star prospect, the #29 overall player at his position according to Scout.com when signing with the Wildcats under former coach Rich Brooks. He was named Honorable Mention All-Southwest Ohio as a senior out of highly regarded La Salle H.S., also clocking in with a 5.0 40-yard dash, very good for a lineman.
As he entered Kentucky during his freshman season, he saw limited action, playing in only six games as a reserve defensive end and saw some time helping out the special teams unit. Moving into his sophomore year, his time on the field increased, playing in all 13 games, starting against Miami(OH), South Carolina and Clemson during the Music City Bowl victory. His last season, junior year brought him into a starting position as second year coach Joker Phillips and staff moved him to offensive tackle. He started 11 of his 12 appearances for the Cats, helping his unit to a 4th rated total offense in the SEC and 2nd in fewest QB sacks allowed before suffering a shoulder injury which caused him to miss the BBVA Compass bowl which the Wildcats lost to a Dave Wanndstedt-less Pittsburgh.
Expect Burden to be back to full strength for the upcomign season as I expect big things from the senior leader as he takes his line into battle in only 33 days!