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Tuesday September 11, 2012 4 Gators Teammates, 3 yards, 2 Pairs of Brothers, 1 Play for Posterity

Updated: 10:34pm, September 11

Trey Burton

Photo: Gators junior Trey Burton earns first down on a fake field goal in Saturday's win over Texas A&M.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Trey Burton thinks he would have scored if Texas A&M's Gavin Stansbury had not grabbed him by the facemask.

That would have made Florida's fake field goal in the first quarter of Saturday's 20-17 win over the Aggies even more noteworthy.

Still, the play has special significance.

A quick recap: On its opening drive, Florida faced fourth-and-1 from Texas A&M's 16-yard line. The field-goal unit came onto the field. But instead of kicker Caleb Sturgis attempting a 33-yard kick, holder John Crofoot took the snap and tossed a 3-yard pass to Burton breaking from the wing.

First down. Add on the facemask penalty and Florida's drive continued with a first-and-goal from the 6. Two plays later Mike Gillislee scored on a 4-yard run.

"We needed to get a first down,'' Burton said. "We had been repping [that play] ever since, I think, during the spring. It's a fun play, a little wrinkle to keep defenses on their toes."

The long snapper on the play was Kyle Crofoot, John's younger brother. Blocking on the wing for Burton was Clay Burton, Trey's younger brother.

Two sets of brothers on the same play. A big play at that. Now you know why the play is noteworthy.

While the Gators have featured several pairs of brothers over the years -- the Brantleys, Gaffneys and Pounceys are notable ones -- Saturday is believed to be the first time two pairs of brothers were on the field for the same play in UF football history.

"I didn't even realize that,'' Burton said. "All this hard work has paid off. [Clay] is getting an opportunity to play, and he's playing really well. I'm just glad to be here with him."

The Burtons are from Venice. The Crofoots are from the Orlando area.

While the Crofoot family has deep roots in the SEC -- three of John and Kyle's older brothers were either long snappers or holders in the league -- Saturday was the first time any of them were on the field in the same game for the same team.

Kyle Crofoot took over long-snapping duties when starter Drew Ferris suffered a broken clavicle in the season opener.

"It was cool,'' John Crofoot said Tuesday. "It was exciting. Coach called the fake. My parents are pretty proud."

As the team's holder, John is usually only mentioned if a play goes wrong.

"In high school I played quarterback a little bit,'' he said. "It was a little 1A school. I never thought I would get a completion in college at Florida."

What did Trey think about John's first completion?

"I don't know if he's ever thrown, thrown, but he can do a little option pitch,'' Burton said.

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