Freshman QB learning ropes


Published: Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 3:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 3:22 p.m.

Those who stuck around for the end of Florida's spring practice Saturday had a special chance to see a true freshman make a first important step toward growing up.

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Florida quarterback Trey Burton goes for a running play during a scrimmage game during football practice at Sanders Practice Fields on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

Aaron E. Daye/Staff photographer

The freshman was quarterback Trey Burton, and here's what happened:

During a heated scrimmage where the score was being kept between the defense and the offense, Burton scored an important touchdown for the offense from a yard out on a naked bootleg. But heading into the end zone basically unopposed, Burton shut it down and coasted in. While he waited for his teammates to celebrate with him, the offensive coaches jumped on him big time for not going full speed.

Burton seemed stunned at first. But he quickly recovered.

A few minutes later, with the outcome of the scrimmage coming down to one final play from the 5-yard line, Burton atoned. After faking a hand-off, Burton turned up field and smacked right into a huge pile of defensive players just inside the 5, but he refused to go down. He kept moving the pile, moving the pile and finally fell into the end zone with an assist from offensive tackle Xavier Nixon.

In a matter of minutes, Burton had gone from scolded to celebrated. It was an important lesson learned for a true freshman quarterback who is going to be counted on to be the No. 2 guy behind John Brantley this season.

By helping the offense pick up the win, Burton and his teammates were rewarded with cold Gatorade after practice. The defensive players had to drink hose water.

Overall, it was a very physical and intense scrimmage, especially for the spring.

The highlights included a 13-yard touchdown pass from John Brantley to wide receiver Deonte Thompson, Burton's two touchdown runs, two touchdown runs by tailback Mike Gillislee and a TD run by Emmanuel Moody.

Earlier in the day, one of the stars of the practice was redshirt freshman wide receiver Stephen Alli, who caught a deep pass from Brantley for a touchdown and had several other receptions.

There was one injury that appeared potentially serious. Sophomore safety Josh Evans injured his left knee during a one-on-one full-contact drill early in practice and had to be helped from the field. No. 2 center KyleKoehne also got dinged up. With Koehne out, guard Maurice Hurt moved to center as the backup and scrimmaged at the position.

NOTES: Senior strong safety Dorian Munroe said he does not expect to receive a favorable ruling from the NCAA that would grant him a sixth year of eligibility. Munroe said the problem stems from the fact he played in last year's Georgia game.Munore said if he can't play this year, he's been invited by UF coach Urban Meyer to work with the coaching staff this season. Munroe said he plans to pursue a career in coaching.

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