Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz said earlier this week that star sophomore receiver Luther Burden was questionable for Saturday afternoon’s matchup against Tennessee.
But according to a report from ESPN’s Pete Thamel on Saturday morning, Burden is available and will suit up against the Vols.
“He looked great, he’s going to play,” Drinkwitz told ESPN.
Burden is one of the SEC’s top receivers and enters the mid November matchup with 64 catches for 958 yards and seven touchdowns this season.The talented sophomore is third in the SEC in receiving yards, second in receptions and is tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns.
“He’s a really good player,” Tennessee coach Josh Heupel said of Burden earlier this week. “And when he gets the ball in his hands, he’s difficult to bring down. They do a good job of moving him around too, where you gotta track where he is at … they try to find matchups for him. So we gotta do a great job against him.”
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Tennessee’s defense has struggled the last two weeks after corner Kamal Hadden suffered a season ending shoulder injury against Alabama.
The Vols’ defense will have their hands full against Missouri’s potent passing attack led by quarterback Brady Cook and receivers Theo Wease Jr. and Burden.
Burden was the main Tiger questionable against Tennessee but defensive lineman Realus George Jr. is also questionable for the top 15 matchup. A number of key Tigers are “probable” and expect to play against Tennessee.
Kickoff between Tennessee and Missouri is at 3:30 p.m. ET at Faurot Field. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jenny Dell are on the call for CBS.