As a freshman at the University of Florida, Trey Burton scored six touchdowns in one game. It was only the fifth time he suited up in the Orange and Blue and only seven men have equaled or surpassed that feat in the history of the Florida football program.
Fair or foul, Trey Burton’s career has always been judged through that lens in the mind of Gator fans.
While some question his output – 399 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns last season – one thing can’t be denied: Trey is the Swiss Army Knife of Florida football.
“A little bit of everything,” Burton said when asked what position he’ll play this season. He’s played every position on Florida’s offense except for offensive line, and even that may change this season as Burton said he’s gotten work at tight end during camp thanks to some uncertainty around the position due to the departure of Jordan Reed.
As is the case with many on Florida’s roster, this is the first season with the same offensive coordinator as the year before. That familiarity is expected to breed success.
“The second year in any offense is going to be better. A lot of the guys know the stuff, what to do and where to go,” Burton said. He saw some action at Florida’s least heralded position last year, wide receiver, hauling in 18 receptions and notching the highest yards per reception average of his career: 9.6. Burton has an answer for fans still asking the question of what the unit’s biggest issue was.
“If you have two people running to the same spot obviously, that spot’s going to be all clogged up. If you have one guy running to one spot and the other guy running to the spot he’s supposed to run to, things are going to be a lot more open,” Burton said. “There were people doing that last year.”
No matter how Florida’s offense evolves in the second year under Brent Pease, Trey Burton will have some role in it. Which one in particular is left to be determined for Florida’s Swiss Army Knife.