Two of the smartest members of the Florida Gators – senior wide receiver Trey Burton and redshirt senior offensive lineman Kyle Koehne – are also two of the most important members of the offense…even if neither gets the credit he deserves.
Burton, who has played quarterback, running back and fullback (plus special teams) but has transitioned to wideout while still retaining a role as a wildcat quarterback, was praised this week by his teammates for how integral he is to Florida’s success.
“He can play anywhere,” junior quarterback Jeff Driskel said. “He can play outside. He can play inside. He comes out of the backfield. He knows every position on every pass play so he can really help out everyone else, too.
“He knows where to get in the zones – or when it’s man – whether to pull out of routes, stuff like that. He has sure hands. He’s done that ever since I’ve been here. He’s been a reliable guy ever since he’s been here, so he’s definitely a guy that’s going to get a lot of touches this year.”
Redshirt junior left guard Max Garcia sees Burton as a leader on the offense, a right-hand man of sorts to Driskel who can help sort out things for his teammates.
“He’s all over the field. He has to make sure everybody else that doesn’t know what they’re doing, he gets them lined up and stuff like that. He’s definitely a leader out there, vocal, and we need him out there to direct other people,” Garcia explained.
Burton, who even spent two practices at safety in 2010 before then-offensive coordinator Charlie Weis insisted he be moved back to offense – said he believes all upperclassmen should be able to coach but explained that the way he was taught in high school has led to him looking at the offense from a different perspective.