Chiefs receiver, former Gator Kadarius Toney makes most of his Super Bowl touches
Kadarius Toney’s struggles with injuries and inconsistency prompted the New York Giants to give up on him midway through his second NFL season. The Kansas City Chiefs gave him a second chance and the talented receiver proved he’s no first-round bust.
Pitts puts on show at Florida’s pro day for NFL evaluators
(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)GAINESVILLE, Fla. – There was no shortage of Kyle Pitts highlights at Florida’s pro day Wednesday, from his measurables to his moves to even his mindset. It was a refresher course for anyone who watched the versatile tight end play last season. Pitts and several teammates — most notably quarterback Kyle Trask, cornerback Marco Wilson and receivers Kadarius Toney and Trevon Grimes — worked out for talent evaluators from 31 of 32 NFL teams. AdIt’s still entirely possible for Pitts to be the highest-drafted tight end in the modern era (since 1970). “He’s a different bird than what a traditional tight end has been or certainly has been when I played,” said Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell, a tight end who played 11 NFL seasons.
Gators Breakdown: 2021 Offense Early Preview
Kyle Trask, Kyle Pitts, Kadarius Toney, Trevon Grimes, Stone Forsyth, Brett Heggie. Those are important pieces from the 2020 offense that won’t suit up in orange and blue in 2021. David Waters, Will Miles (Read and Reaction) and Nick Knudsen (American Football Stories, Read and Reaction) discuss just how different the 2021 Gators’ offense will look led by Emory Jones and a stable of running backs. Get Gators Breakdown merchandise at https://www.ebay.com/str/gatorsbreakdownLISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Podcasts | Stitcher
Florida-Oklahoma in Cotton Bowl dozen years after title game
That BCS National Championship game 12 seasons ago was the only meeting between the No. While outside of the College Football Playoff, it will be the first New Year's Six bowl game played in this pandemic-affected season. 6 CFP) are back in the NFL stadium where they won their sixth consecutive Big 12 championship earlier this month. 12 Iowa State in the Big 12 title game on Dec. 19, opted out to focused on the NFL draft. Rattler was the first-team AP All-Big 12 quarterback after throwing for 2,784 yards and 25 TDs, the most nationally for a freshman.
Facing Florida in bowl, Oklahoma defense sees an opportunity
Florida head coach Dan Mullen speaks with players before the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game between Florida and Alabama, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Atlanta. 8 Sooners (8-2) will again end the season in a New Year's Six bowl game against a high-powered SEC offense. 10 Florida, which leads the nation in passing though its offense suddenly looks quite different because of some late departures. The Sooners go into the Cotton Bowl game at AT&T Stadium having allowed only a combined 57 points their last four games — their best such stretch in six seasons. They have recorded nearly five sacks a game in that span while holding opponents to 303.8 total yards per game.
No. 10 Florida will be without top 4 pass catchers in Cotton
10 Florida will be without its top four pass catchers in the Cotton Bowl against eighth-ranked Oklahoma. Receivers Trevon Grimes and Kadarius Toney announced Monday they are skipping the game in Arlington, Texas, to prepare for their NFL futures. Their absences leave Florida trying to replace four guys who combined to catch 174 passes for 2,778 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2020. Pitts is expected to be a top-15 draft pick, and Grimes and Toney also could go in the early rounds. Toney might not be quite as fast as Grimes, but he's one of the shiftiest players in the country.
Gators Breakdown: Florida is close, but still a ways to go | Gators vs Oklahoma in Cotton Bowl
Florida Gators wide receiver Kadarius Toney (1) pushes off Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back DeMarcco Hellams (29) during a return in the fourth quarter of the 2020 SEC Football Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, December 19, 2020. [Matt Pendleton/Special to the Sun]2020 showed just how close Florida and Dan Mullen are to winning a SEC Championship, but at the same time, it showed just how far Florida has to go as well. David Waters is joined by Will Miles (Read and Reaction) to discuss just how far the Gators are. Also, the two share their first thoughts on the Cotton Bowl matchup vs Oklahoma. Get Gators Breakdown merchandise at https://www.ebay.com/str/gatorsbreakdownLISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Podcasts | Stitcher
Cotton Bowl: Big 12 champ Oklahoma vs SEC runner-up Florida
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)ARLINGTON, Texas – Oklahoma is going right back to the stadium where the Sooners just won their sixth Big 12 championship in a row to play SEC runner-up Florida in the Cotton Bowl. Oklahoma is in the Cotton Bowl for only the third time, its first since a 41-13 loss to Texas A&M on Jan. 4, 2013. The Cotton Bowl will be played two days before Alabama faces No. Pitts announced is turning pro and won't play in the Cotton Bowl. Tim Tebow was the Florida quarterback for the national championship win over Oklahoma on Jan. 9, 2009, in Miami.
Kyle Pitts turns pro less than 12 hours after SEC title game
Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (84) makes the catch ahead of Alabama linebacker Christian Harris (8) during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida standout Kyle Pitts, the team’s best player and the top tight end in the country, is turning pro and skipping a potential bowl game. Pitts made his announcement on social media Sunday, less than 12 hours after the 11th-ranked Gators lost to No. He's expected to be the first tight end selected in the 2021 NFL draft and quite possibly a top-10 pick. He's expected to win the Mackey Award given annually to college football’s top tight end and surely will get some Heisman Trophy votes.
Harris scores 5 TDs, No. 1 Bama escapes No. 11 Florida 52-46
11 Florida in a 52-46 shootout for the Southeastern Conference championship Saturday night. “The resiliency this team has shown this season to win 11 games is pretty phenomenal.”After trailing 35-17 at halftime, Florida (8-3, No. The Alabama senior also knocked off a couple of school records, setting new standards for career rushing TDs (44) and overall TDs (54). Florida: The Gators might’ve pulled off the upset if not for some crucial mistakes in the first half. But Florida also had two silly penalties on apparent third-down stops, extending a pair of drives that turned into touchdowns.
Harris scores 5 TDs, No. 1 Bama escapes No. 11 Florida 52-46
11 Florida in a 52-46 shootout for the Southeastern Conference championship Saturday night. “The resiliency this team has shown this season to win 11 games is pretty phenomenal.”After falling behind 35-17 by halftime, Florida (8-3, No. Alabama had won every game in the pandemic-affected season by at least 15 points until Florida gave the Tide a scare. Florida: The Gators might’ve pulled off the upset if not for some crucial mistakes in the first half. But Florida also had two silly penalties on apparent third-down stops, extending a pair of drives that turned into touchdowns.
No. 6 Florida runs past Tennessee 31-19
Kyle Trask threw for 433 yards and four touchdowns, and the Gators beat Tennessee 31-19 on Saturday to clinch a spot in the SEC championship game. “It felt like they threw on every snap.”Playing with a depleted roster, Tennessee (2-6) dropped its sixth consecutive game. Florida stretched a 10-point halftime advantage to 24-7 with a 75-yard drive capped by an 8-yard pass from Trask to Trevon Grimes. “I think they did a great job — Tennessee — throughout the game of giving us some different looks," Trask said. The Tennessee defense stiffened and forced the Gators into a field goal attempt from 53 yards.
Playing catch: Florida’s Shorter gets daily help from mom
The Penn State transfer gives all the praise to his mom, Paula Shorter, who moved to Gainesville to stay close to her son and throws him a hundred passes nearly every day. The 6-foot-5 receiver was alone for the first time in his life while he attended Penn State for two years. His freshman year at Penn State was slowed by injuries, and his second season started with weight issues. “He’s a phenomenal player, phenomenal catch, and that’s just a small thing of what he can do. His catch radius is crazy, so he’s a phenomenal receiver, and his catch was pretty fire.”Give mom the credit.
Florida’s Pitts questionable vs Arkansas due to concussion
6 Florida could be without standout tight end Kyle Pitts against Arkansas on Saturday because of a concussion. Coach Dan Mullen called Pitts questionable for the game. Pitts spent the rest of the game in the locker room. If Pitts can’t play against the Razorbacks (3-3), Kemore Gamble and Keon Zipperer would fill his role. You look, he goes out and Kemore has a great game.
SEC East champion likely to be decided in ‘Cocktail Party’
The "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” is one step shy of serving as the SEC East Division title game, with the winner gaining a chokehold on a spot in the league championship game in Atlanta next month. The Gators are averaging 42 points a game thanks to quarterback Kyle Trask, dynamic receiver Kadarius Toney and matchup nightmare tight end Kyle Pitts. The Bulldogs are giving up 16.2 points a game and has been downright dominant in every game outside a 41-24 loss to No. Georgia: QB Stetson Bennett has been far from perfect in the last two games, throwing a combined five interceptions against Alabama and Kentucky. … The Bulldogs are the home team, which means they only got four at Sanford Stadium when the SEC went to a 10-game, league-only schedule.
The Latest: Higgs tests positive, bows out of Houston Open
This is the fourth straight domestic PGA Tour event where a player has tested positive. 8 Florida reported no new COVID-19 positives in the past week, the first time since September the team’s coronavirus numbers have remained steady. ___German soccer club Hertha Berlin says defender Jordan Torunarigha has tested positive for the coronavirus. Torunarigha is the third Bundesliga player to have tested positive in two days. Schalke said an unnamed player had also tested positive ahead of its German Cup game against Schweinfurt on Tuesday.
Toney, Trask shine as No. 10 Florida tops, fights Missouri
10 Florida returned from a three-week layoff to handle Missouri 41-17 on Saturday night in the Swamp. It could be costly for Florida (3-1), which plays rival and fifth-ranked Georgia next week in nearby Jacksonville. The referee huddled Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz and Mullen near the goal line and then announced the ejections. Missouri defensive lineman Tre Williams, Florida defensive end Zach Carter and Florida linebacker Antwuan Powell were tossed. Florida plays Georgia in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, which will be limited to about 18,000 fans.
Florida defense can’t stop Texas A&M in 41-38 shootout loss
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) pass down field during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Jimbo Fisher got his first win against a top-five opponent since taking over at Texas A&M. 21 Texas A&M beat fourth-ranked Florida 41-38 on Seth Small’s 26-yard field goal as time expired Saturday. Texas A&M grinded it out on its next drive, passing just once on a 10-play possession capped by a 3-yard TD from Spiller. Florida led 28-24 early in the fourth when Spiller struck again, running 19 yards for a touchdown on a fourth-and-2 play.
Trask, Pitts help No. 3 Florida top South Carolina 38-24
3 Florida to a 38-24 victory over South Carolina on Saturday. The next performance comes at Kyle Field, where Texas A&M will try to become the first Southeastern Conference opponent to slow down Trask and Pitts in 2020. Kevin Harris was one of the few bright spots for South Carolina, which flubbed a chance to make it a one-score game in the final minute. DROPPED PASSESA big reason South Carolina couldn’t keep up in the first half was dropped passes. Florida takes its “Kyle to Kyle Show” to Kyle Field to play Texas A&M next Saturday.
Gators Breakdown: Mullen wants more consistency after scrimmage | QB room set for years
Florida held their second scrimmage of 2020 on Monday night, and while the team is improving, Dan Mullen states the team still has a ways to go. Join David Waters as he discusses news and notes around the second scrimmage. Also, on this episode, David is joined by Denny Thompson from 6 Points QB Training and 1010 XL. Denny shares his thoughts on the QB room at Florida as well as what is going on at the QB position for Georgia. This episode of Gators Breakdown is brought to you by MyBookie.
Florida has potential for championships in Mullens 3rd year
It also could be Mullen taking over-the-top precaution as the eighth-ranked Gators get ready to begin a championship-or-bust season. We have the potential to go compete for a championship and be a championship team, said Mullen, who is 21-5 in two seasons in Gainesville. But I think we have that potential, which is really good and its really exciting. Florida won 10 games in Mullens first season and 11 in Year 2. This season, Wilson has All-SEC potential and fellow cornerback Kaiir Elam is considered a rising star after a breakout freshman year.
Gators Breakdown: Does the outlook for the 2020 Gators change after revamped schedule? | Fall camp notes
It’s never easy playing in the SEC, and it just became more difficult with the revamped 10-game conference schedule for 2020. Join David Waters and Will Miles (ReadandReaction.com) as the two discuss the difficulties of the schedule and how it affects Florida’s chances for a big season. Also, Dave and Will look back at what Mullen had to say in his latest press conference. LISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Play | Stitcher
No. 8 Florida gets WRs Grimes, Toney, Copeland back at camp
8 Florida has its top two receivers back at practice and ready to play this season. Coach Dan Mullen confirmed Tuesday that Trevon Grimes and Kadarius Toney have returned after missing the first few days of fall camp. Good to have some of those guys out to create some depth.It's still unclear why Grimes, Toney and Copeland sat out the first few practices. Toney and Copeland expressed concerns earlier this month about playing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Theyve had no positive tests or anyone quarantined because of exposure in August.
Gators Breakdown: Schedule Reaction | 2020 fall camp starts
We learned the 10 conference opponents last week for the 2020 Florida Gators, and now, we know “the when” of the Florida Gators 2020 football schedule. Join David Waters and Nick de la Torre (GatorCountry.com) as they break down the 2020 schedule. Also, the two take a look at what Dan Mullen had to say as fall camp starts. LISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Play | Stitcher
Florida opens practice short-handed, Mullen expects opt-outs
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Florida coach Dan Mullen had several players miss the teams opening training camp practice Monday. We had a couple guys not practice today, but well see how that goes moving forward for us, Mullen said during a Zoom call with reporters. His father, Frank Carter, told Rivals that his son has significant concerns. First of all, hes my son and I support him, Frank Carter told the recruiting website. I think its the team thats able to adapt best to whatever situation theres a lot of moving parts and the team thats able to adapt will end up holding up that national championship trophy at the end of the season."
Gators Breakdown: SEC adjusting schedule | Could some Gators decide to opt-out? | Recruiting update
A jam-packed episode of Gators Breakdown! With the SECs announcement of pushing the season start date back to September 26, the conference also announced an adjustment to fall camp to help maneuver around COVID-19. Join David Waters and Will Miles (ReadandReaction.com) as they discuss what that means for the Gators preseason preparation. Also, David and Will hit on:Could some Gators decide to opt-out and not play this season? Kamar Wilcoxson reclassifyingDesmond Watson's commitmentThe Palmetto crew recruitmentLISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Play | Stitcher
No. 9 Florida could be without Greenard, Zuniga at South Carolina
Jon Greenard #58 of the Florida Gators celebrates against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. 9 Florida could be without its top two pass-rushers at South Carolina on Saturday. Coach Dan Mullen said Monday that linebacker Jon Greenard and defensive end Jabari Zuniga will be game-time decisions against the Gamecocks (3-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference). Muschamp: QB Hilinski has a knee sprain, should playSouth Carolina coach Will Muschamp said freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski has a sprained left knee, but was expected to play when the Gamecocks face Florida on Saturday. Redshirt freshman Dakereon Joyner finished off the dramatic win at quarterback for South Carolina.
MONDAY HUDDLE: 5 takeaways from this weekend's football scene around the state
Lamical Perine #2 of the Florida Gators celebrates a touchdown during the game against the Tennessee Martin Skyhawks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Here are five takeaways from this past weekend's football action around the state. Rough start for pro teamsIt couldnt have been an uglier start to the season for the three NFL teams in the state. Florida State managed to win its first game of the season on Saturday but not in the manner many were expecting. After the game, Florida head coach Dan Mullen insinuated that the injury could be serious.
No. 11 Florida loses Toney, Henderson in win over UT Martin
11 Florida might have lost its top two players in a 45-0 victory over lower-division Tennessee-Martin on Saturday night. Florida barely missed either of them against the Skyhawks (1-1), who fell to 0-10 against SEC teams and failed to cover the 44 1/2-point spread. Without them, Florida still manhandled overmatched UT Martin. Feleipe Franks completed 25 of 27 passes, including 15 straight to start the game, for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Florida led 38-0 early in the fourth - and had emptied its bench - when quarterback John Bachus scampered for 48 yards and gave UT Martin its best scoring opportunity.