Redshirt freshman cornerback Tim Burton has been dismissed from the team for violation of program policy, head coach David Cutcliffe announced Tuesday. Cutcliffe would not specify which policy Burton violated.
Serving as Duke’s primary kick returner, Burton returned 13 kickoffs for 260 yards and a 20.0 yards per return average in 2012. Also appearing on defense for the Blue Devils, he registered seven total tackles and two pass breakups in the team’s first seven games.
Burton traveled with the team to last weekend’s 41-20 loss to Virginia Tech and participated in the contest, returning three kickoffs for 63 yards. His duties returning kicks will likely be given to freshman running back Jela Duncan, who saw his first action on the kickoff team for the Blue Devils last weekend, returning three kicks for 51 yards in the losing effort.