Ever since Charlie Weis was hired, I knew Trey Burton was going to have to switch positions.
But to defense?
Rumors are flying that Burton will become a safety for 2011.
Now that I think about it, this guy could play practically anywhere.
He is an absolute end zone magnet.
That’s great for a running back.
We also know that Burton can catch and block well, and he played tight end (very well) in 2010 when he wasn’t taking snaps.
So if Will Muschamp, defensive mastermind, and Charlie Weis, offensive mastermind, make him a safety, then Trey Burton is a better safety than running back or wide receiver.
Muschamp and Weis know what they’re doing.
If the rumor is true, then I’ll let Muschamp go to work with him.
The only questions I have is: has Trey Burton ever come on and laid a bone crushing hit on a receiver who has just caught a pass? We know Burton is strong- he’s played tight end at the University of Florida.
But does he have the killer instinct that is necessary for a safety?
Can he blast receivers like this?
I mean, that’s how Major Wright made his living. Slow, but able to deliver jarring hits to dislodge the ball and ruin a beautifully designed and executed play. We know that Burton’s got the speed, but the instict is a must for any safety in the SEC.
I believe that if his rumor holds to be correct, Burton will be very successful. He’s got a work ethic in the same range as Tim Tebow, and will do whatever it takes to make himself a success. Plus, as I’ve said, he’s shown two of the most important tools needed to be a good safety- speed and strength. The only other tool needed to be a great safety is hard hitting/instinct (which I believe come together as a package- not many safeties have one but not the other), and we have yet to see that from him.
Muschamp must believe he has it, otherwise he wouldn’t have put him there.
But even if he doesn’t, can you name me a better person to install it in him than Muschamp?