While the rest of the Texas Longhorns football team participates in summer 7on7 work in two weeks, wide receiver John Burt will be in Eugene participating in the NCAA track and field championships after qualifying in the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Lawrence this weekend with a personal-best 110m hurdles time of 13,91 seconds.
In finishing 11th overall, Burt had another strong showing two weeks after he finished second in the Big 12 Championship.
"I was super-excited to see John Burt. He's a competitor," head men's track and field coach Mario Sategna said. "He runs through those hurdles like he's running across the middle to catch a pass. And that's really important because we pride ourselves over the years in having some really good two-sport athletes. We've had some great ones and he's continuing that tradition."
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.