Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Colleges

Versatile Florida Gator Trey Burton creates problems for South Carolina

GAINESVILLE — Former Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis once said the key to being a jack of all trades is to make sure you master some.

Florida RB/WR/QB Trey Burton has mastered many, and his versatility was on full display Saturday.

During the 44-11 victory, the junior forced and recovered South Carolina's second fumble of the first half (during a punt return) and played quarterback on several of the Gators' wildcat plays, gaining 10 yards on five carries and completing his only pass attempt.

"It was a game plan thing," Burton said. "We saw in the first half they really couldn't defend the wildcat. So we knew we were going to go back to it.

"We did a really good job fundamentally. And you see what happens when everything goes right."

QUARTERBACK SWAP: It was probably an all-too familiar scene for Florida fans, but former Gator coach Steve Spurrier reminded everyone he isn't afraid to change quarterbacks in the middle of a game.

With starter Connor Shaw not playing up to his expectations, the South Carolina coach benched him at the end of the first half and brought in Dylan Thompson.

"He told me at halftime," Shaw said. "I guess I wasn't getting the job done."

Shaw was 9-of-20 for 72 yards, was sacked twice, fumbled and ran nine times for minus-2 yards.

By game's end, the Gamecocks were fielding the inevitable "quarterback controversy" questions.

"I don't really know," said Thompson, who was 8-of-20 for 83 yards and an interception. "I have complete confidence in Connor as well as Coach Spurrier. So I know the best decision will be made."

Spurrier, as usual, didn't hide his feelings about the loss.

"It was embarrassing for us," he said.

"Very embarrassing the way we played."

CHRISTY AGAIN: P Kyle Christy continues to make himself a serious weapon for the Gators.

He had a career-best seven 50-yard plus punts, including a seasonlong 62-yarder, for a school-record 54.3 average. The sophomore now has 24 punts of more than 50 yards.

"I've gotten quite a few (text messages)," Christy said. "I haven't really gotten this much attention after a game before."

LOCALS COUNT: Count former Lakewood High standout Dante Fowler and Armwood alumnus Matt Jones among the Gators who made an impact against the Gamecocks. Jones had a 1-yard touchdown run with 5:54 left that made it 44-11. Fowler, a fellow freshman, sacked Thompson late in the third quarter.

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