Florida WR Kadarius Toney opts out of Cotton Bowl, declares for NFL Draft

Kadarius Toney

Kadarius Toney has become the second Florida wide receiver to call it a college career on Monday afternoon.

Toney, who this morning was announced as a second team All-American, decided to opt out of the Cotton Bowl on Wednesday night to begin preparation for the 2021 NFL Draft. He becomes the second wide receiver in less than an hour to make this announcement, after Trevon Grimes became the first a few minutes prior.

Toney’s announcement comes as much more of a surprise, though, as he was seen practicing with the team in full pads on Saturday for the Cotton Bowl. Now Kyle Trask is without three of his favorite weapons in Kyle Pitts, Grimes and Toney against an Oklahoma defense that’s been playing much better recently than it did to start the season.

Kadarius Toney reeled in 70 catches for 984 yards and ten touchdowns in 2020, falling a mere sixteen yards short of that coveted 1,000 yard mark that no Gator has hit in nearly two decades. He finishes his college career with 120 catches for 1,590 receiving yards and a dozen receiving touchdowns. He also carried the ball 66 times for 580 yards and a pair of scores on the ground.

Now he’s off to the NFL, where some team will be thrilled to add his dynamic playmaking abilities to their arsenal of weapons. Toney displayed tremendous growth from a year ago, going from simply an explosive playmaker to an all-around weapon who could run routes like a bona fide wide receiver on top of just juking everybody out of their shoes whenever he felt like it. Mock drafts have him going somewhere between the late second and early fourth rounds.

Regardless, to the man who refers to himself as “Joka”: thanks for all the memories. See you on Sundays.