Is it finally Toney time?

Nov 15, 2018 | 0 comments

The question coming out of Florida’s come-from-behind victory over South Carolina is will Kadarius Toney continue to be more involved on offense? 

There’s no doubt that Toney is Florida’s most versatile and explosive player on offense. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound receiver is equipped with an electrifying, game changing, ability when the ball is in his hands. 

This year, the sophomore from Mobile (Ala.) has touched the football 34 times (18 rushes and 16 receptions) and is averaging 11.3 yards per touch. Of the 29 possessions during which Toney has touched the ball, Florida has managed to put points on the board 20 times (five field goals and 15 touchdowns).

He’s also moving the chains an astounding 50-percent of the time when he’s given the ball. 

 These numbers are mind blowing. But the real question is: “Why isn’t Toney touching the football more?”

Dan Mullen was vocal when discussing the importance of feeding the shifty and explosive Toney. 

“Yeah, it tends to turn out positive for us. It’s exciting when he touches the ball. It doesn’t mean it’s always going to be positive for us, but it’s certainly going to be exciting. We try to utilize him.” 

“I think probably two of the touches (against South Carolina) were in the regular framework of the offense. They were getting two plays, he was rotating in at receiver and caught a couple of those passes. I don’t know if it was more attention to put the ball in his hands, but I’d like to see more of it. I think at least two of those. Yeah, both his catches were just regular framework of the offense.”

Toney is still developing and improving his craft as a wide receiver. The all-around athlete starred at Blount High School as a dual-threat quarterback. However, once he arrived at Florida, Toney then began his transition to the receiver position. Toney is a natural playmaker, but his technique on the outside is still in the works.

Coach Mullen commented on the work Toney has put in this year.  

“One of the things he’s really worked on is getting better as a wide receiver, where he can catch the ball and make plays a lot more within the normal scheme of our offense, more than designed get-it-to plays to him at quarterback or handing it to him. One of those deals. I think that would be great getting him the ball more within just the basic framework of our offense.” 

When Mullen was here, Florida had special athletes lined up everywhere on offense. Having a unique talent like Toney isn’t uncommon for Mullen.  

“We’ve had guys that are athletes like that. Percy Harvin could do things, make special things happen. Chris Rainey when we were here before can make some special things happen. You snap him the ball. You put the ball in their hands and something exciting happens.” 

Three games remain for Florida this season and as the offense continues to develop the question is,  will Toney finally become more involved in the offense? 

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