Alabama wide receiver Jermaine Burton finished the season on a high note as the Crimson Tide topped Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl on Saturday night 45-20.
Burton led the Crimson Tide with three catches for 87 yards and was one of five receivers to haul in a Bryce Young touchdown pass. After the game, he spoke to reporters about an early season controversy following a loss to Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.
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The wide receiver was walking off the field and appeared to push some fans on his way back to the locker room, even appearing to rough up a fan. He was criticized after that game, but did not receive any public form of discipline from coach Nick Saban over the course of the season.
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«That whole situation was a mistake,» Burton said Saturday of the Knoxville incident, via The Tuscaloosa News. «I can’t hold that against me forever… But a mistake is a mistake. You get over it. I’m not going to let the situation frame me as a person or shape me as a person because I know who I am.» and my team knows who I am.»
He added: «It can be hostile in a lot of situations. The (SEC) can do what it can, but it’s not safe for a lot of people.»
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Alabama is likely to finish the season in the top 5 of the final Associated Press poll. With the win over Kansas State, the team finishes 11-2 on the year.