Speaking of young guys getting more playing time, that’s the plan for true freshman wide receiver Kadarius Toney, who scored on a 26-yard run and completed a crucial 50-yard pass in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown in Saturday’s victory.
“I think the key there is, again, not to overload, but to keep feeding it as we move forward,” McElwain said. “He’s a pretty exciting guy, and yet you think about one of the smokes we had, if he just simply does what he’s supposed to do, he’s probably got a chance for another huge play. But that’s all part of the learning curve. I’m sure glad he’s on our team.”
McElwain said Toney is no longer a secret around the SEC. Opposing defenses are going to have game plans to limit the damage he can do.
“Staying a step ahead of what those plans are, there’s the challenge,” he said. “As what defensively you’re going to see, when he’s back there, direct snap, whether he’s getting it on a reverse, whether he’s getting it on a hitch and we throw it, there’s a little foreshadowing, things like that. Obviously, these guys are well coached and they are going to cover all those bases.”