It’s officially over now — Austin Burton is a member of the Purdue Boilermakers.
His lone game started for UCLA came in a loss to the Oregon State Beavers but he did play significant time against Arizona, USC and Cal this past season. In total, he completed 43-of-63 attempts for 365 yards and a touchdown.
His transfer leaves UCLA with just Dorian Thompson-Robinson as players who have attempted a single pass in their college careers. The rest of the depth behind DTR is inexperienced, especially considering they lost their chance at a spring practice this season during the coronavirus pandemic.
Burton heads for greener pastures at Purdue where he’ll be in contention for the starting quarterback role with Aidan O’Connell, Jack Plummer and freshman Michael Alaimo, who was the country’s 12th-best pro-style QB in the 2019 recruiting cycle.
He wasn’t going to beat out DTR any time soon it appeared so his departure wasn’t that big of a surprise and now Burton will have two years of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to play for Purdue immediately. He’ll get to utilize his big arm in the Jeff/Brian Brohm spread attack that has been very friendly to quarterback’s statistics over the years.
Good luck, Austin!