Burton Wants to Send Meyer Out With a Win

If Trey Burton were upset with Urban Meyer's decision to step down as head coach, no one would blame him. Burton committed to play quarterback for Meyer 18 months before signing his letter of intent and expected Meyer to be his coach during the quarterback's college career. Instead of being frustrated, Burton sees it as part of the college game.

"You've got to expect it to happen," Trey Burton said. "At any big program in the nation, you've got to expect coaches to come in and out. You've just got to go with it. You can't really control it, so play as hard as you can no matter who your coach is."

The freshman class is the part of the team that seems to have the most worry around it. The rumors of transfers started to grow when Meyer announced his resignation.

When Meyer announced his resignation in December 2009, Burton was one of the recruits who held the class together. He made countless phone calls and sent numerous text messages to convince committed recruits to honor their verbal to Florida.

With Meyer coaching his final game Saturday in the Outback Bowl against Penn State, Burton wants to send his head coach out with a victory. The two have maintained a close relationship since even before Burton committed to the Gators, and he doesn't expect that to change when Meyer sets down. Burton is now hoping to make one more memory with Meyer on Saturday.

"It's really important to send him out with a win," Burton said. "He's going to be a Hall of Fame coach, and it means a lot to him. It means a lot to the rest of the team."

The reason Burton has no bitterness towards Meyer is because he knows why the head coach is making this decision.

"I know he's doing it for the right reasons," Burton said. "I know him real personally and we're close friends. I know why he's doing it."

Burton didn't expect his freshman season to end with five losses, but he does value what he learned this season. The maturity off the field was a big part of everything he learned.

When new head coach Will Muschamp hires an offensive coordinator in the coming weeks, Burton could even experience a position change. If the Gators go to a pro-style offense, the freshman could spend spring practice working at tight end, fullback, or even safety or wide receiver.

The learning experience Burton has experienced has been valuable. The only disappointment is that it came in a five-loss season.

"I learned a lot about myself, more off the field than on it," Burton said. "I met a lot of people and I'm real happy with that. I feel like I grew a lot more on and off the field."


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