Myron Burton Jr. makes the touchdown catch in Auburn's A-Day Game
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Myron Burton Jr. waited through a redshirt freshman season to do what he did Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Burton led Auburn A-Day Game receivers with seven catches for 124 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Johnson, and showed that the receiving corps will have another able body this fall.
"It was a dream come true. It was amazing," Burton said. "It was the first time being able to play because last year I redshirted. It was a great feeling."
Burton was an equal-opportunity receiver. He caught two passes from Johnson, four passes from Sean White and one from Tyler Queen.
"I was just going out there and doing what my coach told me to do, following his instructions," Burton said. "He said the rest will take care of itself."
The coach? Receivers coach Dameyune Craig.
"Coach Craig," said Burton, "is a genius."
Burton knows a little about Auburn football. His father, Myron Burton Sr., played at Auburn in the early 1990s.
Johnson said Burton's exploits in front of 62,143 fans were nothing new.
"That was all spring. We all knew Myron could make plays the way he did," Johnson said. "He's explosive, he's fast, he can make plays, he can make the unbelievable catches, so it really wasn't a surprise to us."
Burton came to Auburn from Lawrenceville, Ga., where he was a high school receiver, and quarterback, running back and linebacker. Now, he hopes he's developing into an SEC receiver.
"I don't even feel like I'm the same wide receiver I used to be back then," he said. "It's definitely route running. I'm pushing to the right depth, the right yards, catch to the tip and look the ball in."
Coach Gus Malzahn said Burton has received a lot of work this spring.
"He's made some plays. He just needs more experience," Malzahn said.
Burton was happy Saturday, but added there is more work to do.
"We still have to go through camp and all that. Right now, I'm just hoping for the best," he said. "I just want to be in the rotation, me and Duke (Williams) going back and forth, just play and get on the field.
"I feel like I can be effective and help on the deep ball, third-down receptions, just do my part like everybody else."
The highlight-reel play Saturday go on the long touchdown pass from Johnson.
"I knew the ball was coming to me. I just focused on watching the ball in and slow things down in my mind. It was my shot in front of all these people."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine