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    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    Burney's Background Prepared Him for Expanded Role
    UF Scott Carter / Senior Writer
    Sophomore Amari Burney is willing to put in the work to play a more prominent role for the Gators.
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – One night when Gators sophomore Amari Burney was in high school, his father, Chris Burney, remembers watching an episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" with his youngest son.

    It was the 2015 season that featured the Houston Texans and much of the show focused on J.J. Watt, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year. In this particular episode, Watt discussed his regimen to improve and shared with viewers his sleeping habits.

    Watt was no night owl, often going to bed around 8 p.m. so he could be in top form the next day.

    "Man, I look around and the next thing you know Amari – and this is when he's like 13 or 14 years old – Amari is in bed at 8 o'clock,'' Chris said Thursday. "I didn't tell him to do it. His mom didn't tell him to do it. He is very serious about it."

    It wasn't the first time Burney had shown a self-driven initiative to see what he could accomplish as a player. A few years earlier in middle school, after countless games in which he was the best player on the field, Chris and Amari had a talk about how the competition would increase once he got to high school.

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    fox GC Hall of Fame

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    Excited to see him all over the field this year and as our next, great, monster in the middle next year.
     
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    smarts and leadership ability too
     
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    Burney preparing to play multiple roles for Florida
    By Graham Hall
    August 17, 2019
    Amari Burney is hardly the first to play multiple positions, and he won’t be the last. But, considering Florida’s depth this season, the sophomore seems poised for a significant role, with much credit going to Burney’s positional pliability.

    Ranked the No. 14 safety in the 2018 class coming out of Clearwater’s Calvary Christian, Burney saw action in three games at weak-side linebacker toward the end of the 2018 season, and Florida’s coaching staff has been fine-tooling his technique at the position ever since.

    Yet his transition didn’t stop there.
    Burney has also worked at the STAR nickel cornerback position — a spot where UF has experienced attrition as of late — and it’s become clear he’ll be a multi-tool in Florida’s defense this season.

    “Great weapon,” senior linebacker David Reese II said of Burney. “He could be a linebacker or a defensive back. When you get a guy like that, that is versatile like that, you can put him in many different situations. You can bring him on blitzes, or put him in coverage and just shut somebody down for the whole game.”
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    Burney preparing to play several roles for Gators
    Gvl Sun By Graham Hall / Correspondent
    Posted at 4:45 PM
    Ranked the No. 14 safety in the 2018 class coming out of Clearwater’s Calvary Christian, Burney saw action in three games at weak-side linebacker toward the end of the 2018 season, and Florida’s coaching staff has been fine-tooling his technique at the position ever since.

    Yet his transition didn’t stop there.

    Burney also has worked at the STAR nickel cornerback position — a spot where UF has experienced attrition as of late — and it’s become clear he’ll be a multi-tool in Florida’s defense this season.

    “Great weapon,” senior linebacker David Reese II said of Burney. “He could be a linebacker or a defensive back. When you get a guy like that, that is versatile like that, you can put him in many different situations. You can bring him on blitzes, or put him in coverage and just shut somebody down for the whole game.”

    But one doesn’t simply adjust overnight to a role as valuable, and complex, as the one Reese described. It takes a considerable amount of work, coupled with a high football IQ.
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    Amari looks to be our Swiss Army knife.
     
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