Burton Wants Win for His Head Coach

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Fullback Michael Burton remembers the feeling in 2011 when he won his first bowl game, and wants one for head coach Kyle Flood before the fifth-year senior moves on with his career.

Michael Burton has one more goal on the checklist before he leaves Rutgers as a captain and fifth-year senior leader.

The three-year starting fullback won a bowl game under Greg Schiano in 2011. He wants the same for coach Kyle Flood in Detroit.

“He deserves to win more than any coach in the world,” Burton said. “Being a senior and having the opportunity to do that for him before I leave is very special.

“Look at all he’s done for us, all he’s been through, all he’s done for this program in the last couple of years. He cares about every person in this program, and we’ve put in a lot of hard work for him throughout the entire year. There’s no better way to go out than be 1-0 for coach Flood.”

Flood holds the school record for most times uttered “1-0,” but Burton is hot on his trail.

Why?

Burton is a believer.

“All I want is the chance to go 1-0 because that’s our goal in everything we do,” Burton said. “Our goal is to go out there and be 1-0. Lucky enough for us, going out there and being 1-0 results in a championship. Like I’ve said before, we’re in the business of winning championships, and that’s 100 percent our goal.”

Burton’s work goes unrecognized in the statistics with just 505 career yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns.

But the former walk-on lead blocked for four different 100-yard rushers in his three years as a starter.

He has a chance for a fifth in Detroit with Robert Martin projected for a big role.

“It’s great to be able to go out as a fifth-year senior, a captain,” Burton said. “I want to lead this team to a winning a bowl game. There is a big difference between being 7-6 and 8-5. That’s a lot of motivation for this football team.”

In classic Burton fashion, the bowl game is not yet his focus. The pride of West Morris Central wants to go 1-0 in tomorrow’s practice.

“These practices are huge for our team,” Burton said. “Bowl practices do a few things. It’s an opportunity to get your body back, focus on academics. It’s a chance for younger players to develop and work on their craft. It’s the same for the older players. It’s really a period where the whole team gets better.”


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