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Luther Burden & Dominic Lovett put on a show at the Black & Gold Game

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This is going to be fun.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 13 South Carolina at Missouri Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’ve all been waiting for that moment. What is it going to look like as Luther Burden steps on the field in a Tigers uniform for the first time? On Saturday, we found out.

Well, kind of.

Burden showed out in the way everyone expected he would on Saturday in the Tigers’ “Black & Gold Game.” Much to the surprise of everyone, the scrimmage actually resembled a real football game for the first time in, well, as long as I can remember. The scoring system made sense. The situations weren’t made up randomly without any explanation. The game was... fun to watch? Let’s keep that system, shall we?

That said, it was still a scrimmage. And it was a scrimmage which took place with Missouri severely undermanned in the secondary. I have to make sure to mention those disclaimers just to tamp down the hype a bit.

But, you guys, Luther Burden is really good. Really, really, really good.

He showed a bit of everything. Missouri got him touches on two screens, a slant, two fades, a go route up the seam, a slant and a deep crossing route. They did a little bit of everything to get him involved in the game, because that’s what you do when you have this kind of talent on the field.

Burden wins in just about every way possible. He’s not a burner, but he has enough speed to get on top of a corner. He’s not particularly tall, but he wins at the catch point. He’s not the biggest guy in the world, but I wouldn’t recommend a corner tests his physicality.

He’s drawn comparisons to Dez Bryant and Jeremy Maclin. He’s supposed to be a senior in high school.

And, on Saturday, he was the best player on the field.

But he wasn’t alone.

I was expecting to come away impressed by Burden. Everyone who has ever watched “Touchdown Luther” play football seems to come away with the same reaction: He’s the real deal. What I wasn’t expecting was another former East St. Louis wide receiver to impress the way he did.

Did you guys see Dominic Lovett?

He was dominant. That did not look like the same player we watched last season. Lovett seemed hesitant for much of last year. He’s a talented player, but it often felt as if he was drifting in and out of the game. Drinkwitz referenced on the broadcast that he regrets overwhelming Lovett early in the season. He was lining up at every receiver position, and it was simply too much for a true freshman.

Lovett now has a home. He’s going to play in the slot. And, by the looks of things, he’s going to play well.

Lovett and Burden “win” in different ways. Where Burden wins with competitiveness and physicality, Lovett’s best skill is his speed. When he gets going, watch out. He also has some freakish change of direction skills. Multiple times on Saturday it appeared as if the defense had him dead to rights. Then, suddenly, he put his foot in the turf and - poof - he was gone.

I know it was a scrimmage. I know Missouri was light on healthy defensive backs. I don’t care. Burden and Lovett put on a show for Mizzou fans. If Burden is as good as advertised and Lovett takes that next step, this receiver corps has a chance to be something special.