Ben Burr-Kirven isn’t bitter.
He’s played enough in his first two seasons at inside linebacker that most University of Washington football fans know who he is.
Plus, he arguably has the best head of hair on the team.
But even though he’s played in 26 games, and registered 78 tackles in a variety of roles on defense and special teams, he still does not have an open path to a starting spot heading into his junior year.
That is because the two starters ahead of him — Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria — are fifth-year seniors.
“Obviously everyone wants to start — that is why you come and play college football,” Burr-Kirven said. “At the same time, those guys have earned it. They’ve been here and done the work. We are thankful they both came back. Our defense is unquestionably better with them. So I don’t think you can look at that as a negative. They will help us win games.”