*The Sideline Report is a weekly blog I write for GatorBait.net.

I’m sure all of you watched the Trey Burton show in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium this weekend, and I’m sure every Gator fan let out a sigh of relief knowing their lord and savior has been reincarnated in the form of No. 8.

Quarterback Trey Burton celebrates a touchdown in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.

Maybe it was the change in jersey numbers, or maybe the threat of the Crimson Tide, but Trey Burton stole the show against Kentucky, and I can only think about how backup quarterback John Brantley feels.

Quarterback Trey Burton runs the ball against the University of Kentucky in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.

For the past two seasons Brantley has lived in the shadow of greatness in college football - now he will have to share the credit with a true freshman.

There were many similarities between Burton and Tebow on Saturday, but as soon as Burton hit four touchdowns the coverage from the sidelines shifted. No one cared who was going to win or lose - we wanted to see what Burton would do next. It wasn’t Brantley marching the offense down the field - it was about Burton in the red zone. As the clock drew closer to “00:00,” the swarm began to gather. Now, the media wanted photos of Burton’s every move.

Quarterback Trey Burton celebrates a touchdown with starting quarterback John Brantley in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.

At the post-game press conference, head coach Urban Meyer expressed his satisfaction with Burton’s performance, but as John Brantley took the podium for his comments on the game, he was undercut by his backup’s success.

Starting quarterback John Brantley is left with only a few reporters as quarterback Trey Burton was made availible for questions after the Gators' 48-14 win over the University of Kentucky in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.

“Trey Burton is available for comments in the back,” was said right as Brantley answered the first question.

Like a seasonal migration, the press got up, left Brantley and swarmed Burton for questions and comments about the game.

Quarterback Trey Burton is swarmed by the media after the Gators' 48-14 win over the University of Kentucky in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.

Brantley was left at the podium with a handful of reporters trying his best to ignore the blatant favoritism to his teammate.

It will be interesting throughout the rest of the season just how Brantley will react if Burton’s success continues. 

One thing is for sure. It was great taking photos of the always exciting Tim Tebow and Burton has brought that level of excitement back to Gator Football which clearly shows in photographs.

Next week will bring the biggest game of the regular season, and I’m positive the sidelines will be packed to see if Burton can truly be Tebow 2.0.

See you on the sidelines,

  • Steve

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