Tagging the Gators: RB/FB Trey Burton

December, 11, 2012
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Trey BurtonScott Halleran/Getty ImagesTrey Burton was versatile, but wasn't very productive in 2012.
Editor’s note: Each day between now and Florida’s Allstate Sugar Bowl date with Louisville, GatorNation will review the season for a key Gators player and attempt to project what’s next. Today we’ll look at RB/FB Trey Burton.

RB/FB Trey Burton
Junior
24 carries, 166 yards, 2 TDs; 17 catches, 164 yards, 1 TD; 3-4-0 passing, 4 yards

Role in 2012: Burton pretty much did whatever offensive coordinator Brent Pease asked him to do on offense. He took snaps as a wildcat quarterback and lined up at receiver, running back and tight end.

The good: What makes Burton so versatile is his football IQ. He easily understands concepts and plays and doesn’t need to run the play over and over to get it down. He completely fits the cliché of a coach on the field. Defenses have to account for Burton because they’re never sure where he’s going to line up. That can sometimes result in mismatches. He’s a solid runner and receiver, doesn’t turn the ball over and makes the right decision with the football when he’s taking snaps at quarterback.

The bad: Despite all those attributes, Burton just isn’t that productive. Take away his big game against Tennessee (91 yards and two TDs on three carries) and Burton averaged just 3.6 yards per carry. He’s not a very good passer, either -- as he proved with his pass to TE Clay Burton on a fake field goal against Florida State. But this doesn’t diminish how important he is to the offense because of his versatility and intelligence.

Crystal ball: Burton likely will continue with his current role in 2013. Beyond that, he might be able to find himself a spot in an NFL training camp as a special teams player. He could stick around for a while because of his football IQ and versatility. His football future, though, is in coaching if he so chooses. He’d make a good high school coach. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him return to UF as a graduate assistant, either.

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