Quarterback? Running back? Wide receiver? Florida senior Trey Burton can play them all. And according to Will Muschamp, he probably will this fall.
“He’s going to be in the slot for us and does a lot for us there,” the Gator coach said. “We obviously will have a Trey Burton package, which was very effective for us last year.”
Burton played in 12 of the Gators’ 13 games a year ago. As a rusher he gained 190 yards on 29 carries (a healthy 6.55 yards-per-carry average). As a receiver he pulled in 18 passes for 172 yards. As a passer he completed three of four passes for four yards. He also returned three kicks for 33 yards.
All told, Burton scored three touchdowns on the season and accounted for 194 yards. Here’s guessing most Florida fans wouldn’t ditto Muschamp’s “very effective” assessment.
An argument can certainly be made that Burton would have been more effective had he been given more touches last year. He amassed just 51 which is a tad more than four per contest.
With quarterback Jeff Driskel and running back Matt Jones both out for now with health issues, Burton should be getting more work at practice. For his part, he’s A-OK with offensive coordinator Brent Pease lining up in different spots.
“If I played nothing but running back, I’d be behind Mike Gillislee and I probably wouldn’t have played one game last year,” Burton told The Gainesville Sun. “If I played nothing but wide receiver, I probably wouldn’t have played at all either. So I’m just going to do whatever I possibly can to get on the field.”
That’s a great attitude to have and here’s hoping he will be able to make the most of a few added touches this fall. But the fact of the matter remains… Burton appears to be more versatile than effective.