Florida’s Grimes, Toney withdraws from Cotton Bowl, enters draft

GAINESVILLE, Fla: Florida wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Kadarius Toney skip the Cotton Bowl to prepare for their future in the NFL.

Grimes and Toney made their Twitter announcements Monday, leaving the program two days before Florida No.10 (8-3) played eighth-ranked Oklahoma (8-2) in Arlington, TX.

They are the second and third Florida players to retire from the bowl, after tight end Kyle Pitts. Thus, the Gators will be deprived of their first three passes against the Sooners.

Grimes, a 6-foot-4 senior from Fort Lauderdale, thanked coaches for allowing him to transfer from Ohio state in December 2017 and thanked his teammates for the bonds I have created throughout. of my journey. He added that playing football at the highest level in the NFL was my dream of a lifetime.

Toney, a 6-foot senior from Mobile, Alabama, thanked his family and the two coaching staff for helping him during his time in Gainesville. He said, I can’t imagine another program that better prepares me for the next step in my career.

Grimes and Toney have already accepted invitations to play in Mobile’s Senior Bowl, another chance to impress NFL executives. They are also expected to attend the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Grimes has had 38 receptions for 589 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He ended his college career with 100 catches for 1,464 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Toney has been at his best this season, finishing with 70 catches for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ran 19 times for 161 yards and one score. He ended his college career with 1,590 receiving yards, 715 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns.

Pitts is expected to be among the top 15 picks in the draft, and Grimes and Toney could make it into the opening rounds as well.

Grimes has a rare combination of size, speed and body control, and he probably would have had better numbers if Florida hadn’t had a set of passer that included Pitts and Toney this season and Van Jefferson, Tyrie Cleveland, Freddie Swain. , Josh Hammond, Pitts and Toney in 2019.

Toney may not be as fast as Grimes, but he’s one of the most changeable players in the country.


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