GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The text from trainer Anthony Pass came in to Florida coach Will Muschamp's phone at 9:36 a.m. Friday. RB/FB Trey Burton was suffering from back spasms, it said.
Muschamp started worrying immediately, for good reason it turned out, because Burton was unable to play against Kentucky on Saturday.
"I said, 'That ain't good,' " Muschamp remembered. "As much as Trey does for us, that’s tough. It doesn’t just affect offense. I go down to (linebackers coach/special teams coordinator D.J.) Durkin’s office and tell him ,and he’s under the desk because he (Burton) does so much for us in special teams. It’s tough when you lose a guy that does so much stuff for you."
Burton was coming off the second-best game of his career (91 yards and two TDs rushing, two catches for 38 yards against Tennessee) and was expected to play a much bigger role in the offense against Kentucky and the rest of the season. Instead, he wasn't even on the sideline.
"We worked on him all day Friday, Friday night, into this morning," Muschamp said. "We did everything we could do to give him. Every time he planted on his right foot he had pain shooting up his right hip."
Burton, who first burst onto the national scene in 2010 by scoring six touchdowns against Kentucky, is expected to be healthy for the Gators' Oct. 6 game against LSU. UF has a bye this week.