Kadarius Toney, Florida Gators Offense Continues To Garner National Attention
Kadarius Toney didn’t always wear the Gators’ coveted No. 1.
When the Alabama native made his way to Gainesville in 2017, he sported the number 17 on his jersey. He was also recruited as a quarterback, but listed as a utility player on Jim McElwain’s final Gators roster.
He’s come a long way.
From taking snaps out of the wildcat in effort to spark a dying Florida offense, to adding explosiveness to a thriving Mullen-led showing, Toney’s roles have continued to evolve.
Just two games into his senior season, Toney is looking better than we’ve ever seen him.
In Saturday’s home opener, Toney eclipsed his career-high of 72 receiving yards (11/3/2018 vs Missouri) with 86 receiving yards against the Gamecocks.
Toney added an insurance score for the Gators late in the third quarter on a play that torched the Gamecocks’ defense.
After putting South Carolina safety RJ Roderick on skates, Toney bounced free of a total of five Gamecock defenders en route to his second score of the season.
One Twitter user drew comparisons between Toney and former Gator Percy Harvin on the play:
McElwain used to call him the “human joystick”, a name that has since stuck around. Former Gators linebacker David Reese described him as “slippery” in 2017.
Florida’s human pinball has continued to frustrate opposing defenses and punting units since taking over return duties this season.
On Saturday, Toney bolstered the Gators into prime field position with an electric 26-yard punt return in the second quarter. He returned another against South Carolina for 16 yards.
Much improved, Toney is just yet another weapon that Dan Mullen and the Gators get to punish opposing defenses with.
But still, arguably the two biggest names in college football continue to garner national attention.
Kyle Trask is on a short list of FBS quarterbacks. He, Texas’ Sam Ehlinger and Louisiana Tech’s Luke Anthony are the only three FBS QBs to have 10 passing touchdowns this season.
Trask’s 684 yards through two games are the most by a UF quarterback since Rex Grossman’s Heisman-runner up campaign in 2001.
All three of Trask’s 4+ passing touchdown games have come against SEC teams, a feat no quarterback has achieved since Grossman in 2001.
Trask has posted 10 consecutive games with 200-plus passing yards, tying John Reaves (1969-70) for the third longest streak in program history.
Two games in, Kyle Pitts has matched his receiving touchdowns total from last season (5).
With Florida’s win on Saturday, the Gators extended their nation-leading winning streak in home openers to 31 games.