The speed that helped Texas Longhorns sophomore wide receiver John Burt emerge as an effective deep threat last season was no fluke, as Burt finished second at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship in the 110m hurdles, helping the Longhorns win the team's second consecutive title and seventh overall.
Burt's time of 13.98 was .16 seconds behind the winner, Chris Caldwell of Texas Tech. Remarkably enough, Burt ran faster times in high school, posting a personal best of 13.56 seconds, which would rank among the top 10 this year among all collegiate hurdlers.
Due to track obligations, Burt missed significant practice time this spring, but still managed to catch two passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Orange and White game, including a 65-yard touchdown from early enrollee quarterback Shane Buechele. However, Burt did show a little bit of rust, as he was unable to haul in a long pass from senior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes that hit him in the face mask, a mistake that was out of character after Burt showed reliable hands in leading the Longhorns in receiving yardage last season.