UF defensive back Burnett announces he will transfer

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Florida defensive backs including McArthur Burnett (21) run a drill during a practice at Donald R. Dizney Stadium on the UF campus Aug. 17, 2017. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Florida redshirt sophomore cornerback McArthur Burnett has decided to transfer to another school, he announced on Twitter on Thursday.

Burnett played in six games last season, mostly on special teams, and he was not expected to see significant playing time on defense this season.

He is the second Gator in two days to announce he is transferring, joining redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Allen.

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  1. Burnett is listed at 5-9 and 157 pounds. That’s exactly my height and weight and I can tell you for sure I would not want to have tackle guys like Jordan Scarlett. Just not big enough to play corner in the SEC. Probably a good idea to transfer to a smaller D-II school to get some playing time. More importantly take advantage of the scholarship and get a good degree because there is no way he plays in the NFL. Good luck anyway Burnett and thanks for the work on special teams.

  2. good luck to this kid and thanks to the positive contributions to the program. I hope we are not running these kids off – the old Alabama bear Bryant way – that caused Georgia Tech to leave the SEC. I hope not, the players need the program supporting them if they in turn support the program (unless credit card fraud or something like that). If you ask, you owe to those whom accept is the ideal policy imo. The roster is depleting a little – normal when a new coach arrives. its hard to expect a championship right off the bat, I know some of our fans are still unrealistic about the upcoming season imo.

    • I don’t think we are running anyone off. These kids can see the writing on the wall if they are not going to cut it here for playing time. So, if they want to play then they have to go somewhere else with lesser competition for playing time.

    • Good riddance to Georgia Tech — they’re a better fit for the ACC anyway with their elitist, new south, borderline yankee mentality. SEC is old school, baby… Bible-belt Southern with a capital S!

  3. 5-9 157 lbs and cornerback? Goes to show you how bad our recruiting had fallen under the last 2 coaches. This is good news for UF and for the player leaving as well. It opens up another scholarship for Mullen to get the program back to where it use to be. Wish Burnett well at his next school.

    • Amen to that. Gotta give the kids cudos though. It takes a big heart and a lot of guts to play football at that size. I should know. I played in high school at 125 lbs and was used as cannon fodder in practice every day and never saw the field in games until we were up by 40 points and my coach threw me in an said ok get in there and try not to get killed. lol.

  4. I don’t think we are pushing them out of the program but there are honest discussions taking place about the opportunity to play and simply presenting them with other options.

  5. I sincerely doubt Burnett had a choice concerning his transfer. He was not going to play at Florida and was taking up roster space and a recruiting number for a much better player in the future, or even a graduate transfer this year.

  6. Looks like Coach Mullen is really starting to remold the program into his vision. Growing pains will be coming for the next couple of years. Expect more transfers to come.

  7. Trask is 6’5″ and 240, and he’s a QB. I can’t imagine this poor kid standing in the open field waiting to give up his body trying to tackle any of our stable of excellent RBs, or Trask, or Franks. Get that education young man. That is your future, not Division I football. Thanks for your help, you have great heart and courage and must have impressed somebody to even have seen the field – and you have.

  8. Great comments fellas! I too don’t look at this as anything other than Coach upgrading the roster to play D1 SEC football and him being honest with these kids. Burnett needs to be honest with himself and find a smaller school where he can get a scholarship, play, and most importantly get an education.

    • If he was good enough to be recruited by an SEC school despite being undersized, there should be numerous Group of Five schools he can get playing time at. Of course, the late Larry Libatore was 5’8″ and 138# soaking wet…..but different era.

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