Football Diary with the Burtons

Venice High School standout quarterback Trey Burton and his mother Cindy Burton-Macfarlane always knew they wanted to be Gators and now they are. Fresh off his recent pledge to the University of Florida, it's been hard to tell who is more excited, Trey and Cindy or the Florida fans, lets just say its to close to call.

In an effort to bring you closer to the future Gator signal caller, Trey and Cindy have graciously agreed to provide us with weekly insight into life behind the scenes for this football family.

In today's diary, Mrs. Burton-Macfarlane talks a little bit about the injuries, coach Cooley, Trey, touchdown clubs and Trey's personal assistant - Jake.

I thought I would let you know how everyone is feeling getting ready for the kickoff classic. They are all ready to hit someone not in a green or white jersey. That's the bottom line.

Trey is unusually quiet right now. Kids are so impatient, and the waiting is the hardest part. They can't wait to play on Friday night. It seems like a million years have passed since the spring game. And for Trey personally, so much has taken place this summer, I know he is anxious to get back into the swing of things. For Trey, competing means everything. Coach Cooley has changed the offense completely, and I know Trey wants to put all these new plays into action and see what works and what doesn't. He gets so excited to see his teammates excel, the receivers who usually drop passes, catch an extremely difficult pass with guys all over them, really makes Trey happy. Coach Cooley has talked a lot about us scoring numerous touchdowns per game this year, and I know that when (not if) that does happen, Trey will start to rest easier and breathe deeper. He is in bed now (9:15 p.m. Wednesday night), hopefully he will sleep well, and Thursday nights are the hardest for him.

I remember one Thursday night last year, before a really big game, not a district game but a "cross-town rival" game, Trey went to sleep about 10:30 p.m. or so, and about 12:30 a.m. I hear his door open (it squeaks really loudly) and I rushed over to see what was the matter, and his eyes were all big and I said "Trey, are you ok" and he said "I don't know" and I said "you know everything is going to be ok, don't you" and he said "oh" and I said "why don't you go back to sleep until the morning" and he said "ok" and went back to sleep. It was so cute, I know he was having a bad dream, and just like a little kid he needed reassurance that everything would be just fine and then he was able to sleep. Sleep should not be underestimated for athletes. It's when they grow and heal.

Speaking of healing, we had another guard possibly tear his ACL today in practice. It is getting a little ridiculous. Our best defensive end tore his ACL in May; an o-lineman broke his hand two weeks ago and now this. I know the Gators have had their share of injuries this year. It's a rough game.

We had our first touchdown club/linebacker club meeting last night at a local restaurant. Both clubs are combined this year, which makes it easier for the coaches to not have to attend two meetings a week. It's an excellent time to eat and socialize a little bit with the coaches' families, and we get to break down film with the coaching staff and look ahead to the next opponents. The captains will speak next week (Trey being one of maybe four or five captains this year - the only junior captain).

The linebacker club gives out three awards weekly, offensive player of the week, defensive player of the week and the "Rudy" award for practice player of the week. My middle son Clay, 6-4 and 220-pounds sophomore starting defensive end should knock some heads around and have a chance of speaking at our group. My youngest son Jake, 10, is the team water boy (basically Trey's personal assistant, making sure Trey has a dry towel and water and whatever, he loves hanging out with Trey) is looking forward to Friday night as well. Friday mornings during the season, our team Chaplin, Rodney Ring (youth pastor) gathers the entire team (required) and coaching staff for devotions and prayer at 6:50 a.m. in the weight room. I am so glad we have Rodney.

Stay tuned as we have more with Trey over the weekend. A special thanks to Trey's mom, Cindy Burton-Macfarlane.

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