Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Colleges

Back spasms keep Trey Burton out of Florida Gators' victory

GAINESVILLE — It is the game that still defines the Florida career of hybrid player Trey Burton — six touchdowns against Kentucky in 2010. But Burton did not get an opportunity to try to recreate history against Kentucky on Saturday, sitting out with back spasms, coach Will Muschamp said.

"Trey Burton came in with back spasms Friday morning, we worked on him all day Friday, Friday night and into (Saturday) morning," Muschamp said. "We did everything we could do to get him ready, but every time he planted his right foot he had pain shooting up his right hip. And that's all it was."

Muschamp said Burton also had back spasms last season, but this time it was unexpected.

"AP (head trainer Anthony Pass) texted me at 9:36," Muschamp said. "I remember when I got it and I said that ain't good as much as Trey does for us, that's tough because it doesn't just affect our offense. I've gotta walk down to (linebackers/special teams coach D.J.) Durkin's office, and tell him and he's under the desk."

Tampa Catholic alumnus Chaz Green missed his second consecutive game with an ankle injury and Dominique Easley sat out with knee inflammation.

"He (Green) was hobbled most of the week and we got him pregame and didn't feel he could go," Muschamp said.

DT Sharrif Floyd suffered a shoulder stinger, but it's not considered serious, and Jordan Reed (shoulder) missed the second half with poor range of motion.

WELCOME BREAK: Muschamp said he won't be certain until after the Oct. 6 LSU game whether the Gators' bye week is coming at a good time, but he welcomes the chance to get a break for injured players. It's also time to work on improvement.

"There are some obvious things we need to work on," Muschamp said, noting short-yardage and the two-back run game defensively. "I've got a list of things on Tuesday and Wednesday we're going to have Florida working on Florida. We're going to let our young guys scrimmage on Tuesday night. …Then we'll start on LSU on Thursday."

Muschamp said the coaching staff will be recruiting Monday and Friday, and the players will take the weekend off before more preparations for LSU the following Monday.

BITTERSWEET: Saturday's game was a bittersweet occasion for sophomore WR Quinton Dunbar who lost his grandfather during the week and was unable to attend the funeral because of the game — by his choice. Dunbar, a native of Miami, had three receptions for 36 yards including a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Driskel with 44 seconds remaining in the first half.

RARE MISS: Among his teammates, senior K Caleb Sturgis is considered money in the bank when he trots onto the field, but on Saturday, Sturgis missed on a 39-yard attempt late in the first half. He is 8-for-10 this season and had hit six consecutive before Saturday's miss. Sturgis, who is 54-for-70 in his career, also missed a 27-yarder against Bowling Green this season.

STAT OF THE DAY: In the past five meetings, Florida has outscored Kentucky 97-3 in the first quarter. Kentucky failed to score a touchdown in the first quarter for the 17th game in a row.

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