Head coach Urban Meyer signed a phenomenal football recruiting class to the University of Florida in February. Especially of note was the talent the Gators signed on the defensive side of the ball, including three defensive linemen ranked by rivals.com among the top 10 players nationally. (That’s overall players, not just defensive linemen.)
Somewhat lost in the shuffle, on the other hand, was quarterback/multipurpose threat Trey Burton, who was clearly a great athlete but whose role with the team was unclear. But after Burton’s performance last night against Kentucky (a 48-14 Florida win), it’s safe to say he’s lost in the shuffle no longer.
That’s because Burton torched the Wildcats for six touchdowns, breaking a Florida record held by one Tim Tebow. And perhaps even more remarkable than the six touchdowns is that he ran the ball five times – and scored on all five. Sure, Meyer put him in to run the ball specifically when Florida was getting close to scoring, but Burton’s job finishing (on runs of 11, 10, 9, 3, and 7 yards) was just unreal.
Burton also caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from staring quarterback John Brantley, threw one pass (a 42-yard completion), and earned heavy praise from Meyer (who called his performance “fantastic” and “tremendous”). Incidentally, the game marked Meyer’s 100th career victory.
NEXT: All embeddable Youtube videos of Burton’s scores. He’s set quite the standard for himself. (This has footage of several scores, but it can’t embed.)