There were actually two receivers outside of Gunter. Mike Woods was out there, too. He started in motion. You’d hope that the receiver would understand that he’s the flanker and not the end. You look in and see the tight end. Burks may have thought he was off the line. Sometimes your eyes play tricks.
I sometimes catch it and note that the tight end is covered up by the end. Sometimes they are and it’s a run play.
I have also seen it happen when the officials don’t catch it.
Enos told me that his offenses got that call about four or five times a season and it always drove him crazy because the ends and flankers can confirm with the official if they are on the line or off the line.
The other part that is tough sometimes is when the receivers are playing multiple positions. They are not always the flanker or the end. It makes it tougher when you are asking freshmen to learn multiple positions in the formations.
But, when you look around the league, everyone probably got an illegal formation penalty in week two.
I’ve seen a lot of timeouts called on the sideline when a coach realizes that the formation is not legal. That is frustration, too.