Burton catching on

Coming into the 2013 season, when I thought of trey Burton and his role at Florida, my mind always went to ‘wildcat' quarterback for the senior from Venice. As the season has progressed, Burton has really matured in his new position. He leads the team with 20 receptions, second with 226 yards receiving, and a respectable 11.3 yards per catch for the Gators. Make no mistake, he is a receiver now.

Trey Burton has done well against Kentucky in the past. As a freshman in 2010 he scored six touchdowns against the Wildcats. On Saturday, he led all receivers with six catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.

The Gators needed guys like Burton to step up after a excruciating week where they saw their starting quarterback in Jeff Driskel and best defender in Dominique Easley go down with injury. It wasn't easy for the team but the option of losing wasn't an option at all.

"Extremely tough," he said of the week. "It would have been worse if we would have come out with a loss. We knew we had to go take care of business and get a win for those guys."

Florida got off to an amazing start with a 13 play, 93 yard drive that ended in a Matt Jones touchdown run. The drive took almost eight minutes off of the clock and kind of set the tone for the first half for the offense.

"Yeah it was a good start for us," Burton said of the drive. "(Tyler) Murphy did a good job running the ship. It felt like we had the ball forever. I don't know how many minutes (it was) but it felt like we had it forever and that it was our job to keep the ball and keep the defense off the field and ready to go."

The drive kind of epitomized the night for Florida who finished with 246 rushing yards and a 5.5 yard average. Burton attributed a good deal of it to the Florida offensive line.

"The offensive line did an unbelievable job," Burton said. "There were a couple of times I was watching and the surge they had and push they had on the defensive line and back to the linebackers was unbelievable. They are work horses and did an incredible job."

A steady and productive Burton is what this offense needs as the new quarterback spreads his wings and starts to get more and more comfortable running the show. Murphy knows the young man has played well so far.

"He did an unbelievable job," he said of Murphy who completed 15 of 18 for 156 yards and a touchdown Saturday. "He stepped in for Driskel and isn't skipping a beat. He will only get better. We are very excited he has the opportunity and we are all behind him, everyone on the team.

Burton thinks Murphy was helped a great deal by growing up a week before when he was inserted for the injured Driskel at the end of the first quarter.

"It helped him a lot," Burton said. "I don't think he'll ever be in a tougher situation than what he was last week, coming off the bench. You just really saw him grow up in front of your eyes. I'm just really proud of him and excited for the future."

Murphy and Burton connected on 9-yard touchdown pass that gave the Gators a lead that they would never relinquish Saturday. Murphy sat in the pocket and receivers to the right of the formation ran slants underneath while Burton slipped to the back of the end zone beyond defensive help.

"It was something we saw on film," Burton said. "We ran it a lot in practice."

The Gators might want to get it to Burton through the air a little more often when in the red zone. Florida is 11-1 when he scored a touchdown. Burton loves playing receiver and is looking forward to continuing to blossom at the position.

"I really enjoy it," he said. Thanks to Coach Joker for coming in and changing the whole demeanor of the wide receiver group. He's done an awesome job so far."


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