Burton missing in action for UF


Florida's wide receiver Quinton Dunbar (1) makes a touchdown catch during the first half against Kentucky at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville Saturday Sept. 22, 2012. (Brad McClenny/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 6:56 p.m.

For the second straight home game against Kentucky, Florida junior fullback Trey Burton was the biggest story.

But Saturday's news wasn't good for the Gators.




After scoring a school-record six touchdowns against the Wildcats as a true freshman in 2010, there was no encore for Burton this year as back spasms forced him to miss the matchup.

UF coach Will Muschamp said the spasms started early Friday and the medical staff worked with Burton all day and into Saturday morning to no avail.

“We did everything we could do,” Muschamp said. “Every time he'd plant on his right foot, he had pain shooting up his right hip.”

Although Burton appeared in all 13 games in 2011, Muschamp said he had some back spasms during the season and almost sat out one game.

This week's episode, however, was completely out of the blue and a concern for both offensive coordinator Brent Pease and special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin.

“It doesn't just affect the offense,” Muschamp said. “I walked down to Durkin's office to tell him and he's hiding under the desk. He does so much for us in special teams. It's tough when you lose a guy that you rely on so much for the calls he makes on the field in punt and punt return and all the different things he does for your football team.”

Muschamp said Burton was not present at the game because he was getting treatment. He expects Burton to return for the LSU game on Oct. 6.

Dunbar plays with heavy heart

On Saturday morning, redshirt sophomore receiver Quinton Dunbar posted on Twitter that he wasn't able to attend his grandfather's funeral because of the Kentucky game.

“RIP to my grandpa who's being laid to rest today,” Dunbar tweeted. “Sorry I couldn't be there love ya fam!!!”

Dunbar caught his first touchdown of the season and finished with three receptions for 36 yards. He wasn't made available for comment after the game, but his close friend and fellow receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. said the score meant a lot to Dunbar.

“Definitely,” Hammond said. “And I was happy as I could be for Quinton to get that touchdown.”

Freshmen continue to contribute

Four true freshmen started for the Gators on Saturday and two others contributed significantly in Florida's 38-0 victory over Kentucky.

Running back Matt Jones, receiver Raphael Andrades, defensive end Jonathan Bullard and linebacker Antonio Morrison all received starts, while left tackle D.J. Humphries and Buck linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. saw action throughout the game.

“Those guys played well and they practiced well and they've prepared themselves well,” Muschamp said. “I don't care what year they are. We're gonna play the best guys. We're gonna play guys that I know when I go to bed, I've got complete confidence they're gonna play hard for Florida. And those guys will do that and they're talented.”

Bye week schedule

Before the Gators turn their attention to the matchup with LSU on Oct. 6, Muschamp said his players have to work on themselves first.

“I got a list of things on Tuesday and Wednesday we're gonna work on,” Muschamp said. “And we're working on Florida. Things that we need to improve on and get better at. We're gonna let our young guys scrimmage Tuesday night that haven't been playing as much and get those guys turns and reps and continue to develop our young team.”

UF will begin focusing on the No. 2 Tigers afterward.

“We're gonna start on LSU on Thursday,” Muschamp said. “We'll have a team lift Friday, and Saturday off. Then we'll get back Sunday night for some meetings and walkthroughs and kind of get back into being a day ahead for LSU, working into Monday through Thursday.”

Injury update

Redshirt junior tight end Jordan Reed and junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd both sustained shoulder injuries Saturday, but they aren't serious, Muschamp said.

“(Floyd) had a little bit of a stinger on his shoulder. We looked at it and we think everything should be fine as far as that's concerned.

“J. Reed got dinged up on his shoulder there on a pass down the middle right before half. Came out third quarter and tried to go and just didn't feel like he could get his hand up and get the range of motion.”

Etc.

Muschamp said redshirt junior receiver Andre Debose didn't play in the first half because “he needs to practice better.” … Kentucky defensive tackle Collins Ukwu was credited with a block on Caleb Sturgis' 39-yard field-goal attempt.

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