Justin Burke’s Long & Winding Road

Two redshirt years and a throw away season along Tobacco Road since he was named the best prep pigskinner in the state for his work at LexCath, Justin Burke will be back under center. This time he’ll be wearing a real red uni as Louisville’s starting signal caller.

I’m told that Burke would have loved to play under Bobby Petrino, and that he and his family strongly considered a commitment to the Cardinals. But I’m also advised his family didn’t trust that Petrino would be faithful to Louisville — perceptive folks, they — so they looked elsewhere.

Burke was also enchanted with Boston College. Or so the story is told. But that BC coach Tom O’Brien wasn’t that enamored with Burke. So he matriculated at North Carolina State, where he sat out his frosh year as most first year players do. Wolfpack fans say he had the best spring camp of any QB in 2006. But . . .

. . . but, there was a coaching change in Raleigh. In came Tom O’Brien. Yes, the former BC coach who never really fancied Burke’s talents. So the kid was lost in the shuffle there.

Now he’s back to where he once belonged. As a Louisville Cardinal. After a second, mandated redshirt season. Starting the first game of his college career.

If all goes well against the woeful Indiana State Sycamores, Burke’s second college start will be in his backyard against UK’s Wildcats.

What a long, strange trip it’s been.

– Seedy K

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