Burton suffers senior day frustration

The game plan was built around Trey Burton on senior day. Florida head coach Will Muschamp said after Saturday's 37-7 loss to Florida State that the Gators were set to run half of their offensive snaps with Burton at quarterback, running different plays out of the wildcat formation. Burton came out of the game with a shoulder injury during the first quarter and never returned.

"Obviously you don't want to go out like that," Trey Burton said. "I felt like I let my team down a little bit. But it's obviously not something I can control. I just wish I could have been there to finish it up."

The injury came less than a half hour after Burton ran out of the south endzone tunnel for the final time, greeting family members on the field to a loud applause from the Florida fans in the stands early to send the senior class away.

When the Florida offense opened its second drive, Burton lined up at quarterback for the second play. After faking a handoff, Burton went 50 yards up the middle to set up a Florida field goal attempt that was missed. However, the senior found open space and exploited it. Muschamp said he liked the game plan going into the game, and it showed on that play.

"We had a bunch of them," Burton said about plays for him. "Thirty or 35 snaps at quarterback. I was excited for the opportunity and I was going to try to make the most of it. It got cut a little short.

"I obviously wanted it to go a different way, but I'm extremely thankful for the four years I had here and I'll always be proud to be a Gator."

It hurt for the Florida coaches, too. They felt good about the game plan, but the most painful part for Muschamp was watching Burton go to the locker room and return in street clothes, not able to finish his final game in a Florida uniform.

"I hurt for Trey because he's a senior, his last game in the Swamp, so very difficult for him," Will Muschamp said. "He's a great young man. It just kind of sums up what's happened this year, very frustrating."

A 4-8 senior year wasn't the way Burton imagined he would leave the program, but he said multiple times on Saturday that he wouldn't have given up his time in Gainesville for anything.

And he remains confident about the future direction of the Florida program.

"Just seeing the guys we have coming back next year," Burton said. "We're losing some talent, but we have a lot of guys who have gotten a lot of snaps. For example, Kelvin Taylor played unbelievable against South Carolina. Whenever he's been in, he played really well. Just guys like that getting experience."

Burton plans to work out for NFL teams as a wide receiver in hopes of getting drafted and begin his professional career.

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