UCLA football’s Jake Burton enters transfer portal with hopes of playing this fall

Jake Burton, UCLA football’s starting tackle, announced via his social media account that he has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal in hopes of playing college football this fall after the Pac-12 announced on Aug. 11 that it was postponing the fall season, with hopes of salvaging the season in the winter or spring of 2021.

Burton, a red-shirt senior, started more than 20 games the past two seasons at right tackle for the Bruins and is listed as a graduate, meaning he would be granted immediate eligibility if he transfers to one of the conferences that plans on playing football this fall.

“I wish to thank God, and my family for all the love, guidance and support they have given me at UCLA,” Burton wrote on Twitter, while also thanking his coachees. “I was looking forward to finishing my career with my Bruin teammates. Due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, that is not possible this year. After much thought, I have decided to enter the portal in hopes of gaining the opportunity to play football this fall.”

Burton, a 2016 graduate of El Cajon High School, could opt to return to the Bruins if he ends up not transferring.