Kyle Trask’s receiving corps will look pretty different in Arlington, Texas. Gator fans will essentially see what next year’s offense could look like when it comes to skill player utilization.
Florida now won’t have it’s nos. 2 and 3 receivers for the Cotton Bowl after Kyle Pitts opted out earlier. Senior wideouts Trevon Grimes and Kadarius Toney announced Monday their declaration for the NFL Draft and opting out of the Gators’ bowl game. You can see their statements below.
Grimes arrived at UF via transfer from Ohio State. The St. Thomas Aquinas product posted career highs in catches, yards, yards per catch, and touchdowns at Florida in 2020.
His 38 catches, 589 yards and nine touchdowns were all third-best on the team. And he served as one of Trask’s go-to targets on 50/50 balls with memorable catches against Vanderbilt and Georgia.
Grimes saw immediate time as a sophomore in 2018 under then-first-year head coach Dan Mullen. He totaled 364 yards and two touchdowns on just 26 receptions. His nine TDs in 2020 are triple his number from 2019 despite only catching five more balls. But those 38 grabs came in two fewer games than his junior season.
By way of Blount High School in Alabama, Kadarius Toney arrived on campus having played more quarterback than wide receiver. Throughout the years fans saw his progression at the position. He always maintained a role in the offense since his freshman year whether at wildcat, running back or wide receiver. However, in his senior season, most of his involvement came as a pass catcher.
After never posting more than 300 yards and 30 catches in a season his first three years, Toney paced Florida in catches (70) and yards (984) and finished second in receiving touchdowns with 10. In total, Toney scored 11 times and gained over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2020. Toney broke 100 yards and scored in each of his last three games with a season-high 182 yards on nine catches against LSU.
According to The Draft Network, Grimes is listed as the 257th overall prospect and Toney as the 77th. That makes Toney the ninth-highest ranked receiver and Grimes the 42nd.
Meanwhile, the non-tight end or running back receivers left with at least one reception are Jacob Copeland, Xzavier Henderson, Rick Wells, Trent Whittemore and Justin Shorter. Barring other asbences, they, along with the backs and remaining tight ends, will look to make up for missing so much production.
It’ll be interesting to see how Mullen develops his gameplan for Wednesday with these departures in mind.