Arizona State has one of the nation’s most talented linebackers in sophomore Vontaze Burfict. Problem is, he might also be one of the dumbest players in the country as well.
That stupidity has led Sun Devils coach Dennis Erickson to bench Burfict for the start of the team’s game against Washington this week. Burfict’s penchant for playing dirty and getting inexplicable personal foul penalties has hurt Arizona State far too much this season.
On Saturday, Burfict (No. 7 in the video below) head-butted Oregon State quarterback Ryan Katz after a play was blown dead.
The head-butting came completely out-of-nowhere, and should have gotten Burfict ejected. On top of that, there was a play where Burfict clearly grabbed and pushed the facemask of lineman Grant Johnson, then attempted to choke him without paying any attention to where the ball was.
There is absolutely no question Burfict is supremely talented, but his on and off-field antics have tons of eyebrows in his short time on the College Football radar.
This is just the latest in a string of dirty plays, late-hits and egregious decisions Burfict has made.
For those who don’t know, Burfict was committed to USC for most of his senior year of high school, but due to serious academic concerns, the Trojans pulled his offer. Pete Carroll and his team reportedly just didn’t see how he could possibly make it in to college or remain eligible once he was there.
It will be interesting to see how long Erickson leaves Burfict on the bench. It will go a long way to show whether he is really upset about the kid’s actions or if he’s just doing it to stop the Pac-10 from suspending his star linebacker.