Going from quarterback to wide receiver can be a difficult move. But in the case of Florida freshman Kadarius Toney, the switch has gone smoothly, and quickly. Less than a month after making the switch in August, Toney was on the field making plays at slot receiver and as a wildcat QB.
“You know, he’s done a wonderful job,” UF wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon said. “As you can see, we’ve moved him all around. Playing the position of quarterback, it teaches you the entire phase of the game, the whole concept of the offense. So it was real easy for him to transition to the wide receiver spot. I was very surprised by his great ball skills.”
Dixon said the coaches will continue to expand Toney’s role.
“We’ve added a ton since the beginning of the year,” he said. “We knew he was special in the spring, as well as in fall camp. It was just a matter of when he made that transition, understanding the techniques of route-running and then we used him in some wildcat scenarios, so that package has expanded since the beginning of the year.
“We definitely hope to use him a lot more.”
WRs getting open?
Dixon said the perception that Florida’s receivers are having trouble getting open isn’t necessarily accurate.
“Not really trouble getting open,” he said. “There’s a lot that goes into the passing game. There’s protection. There’s progression as far as reads. Our part is the route-running and the execution of the routes. The top being giving indicators to the quarterback. All of that stuff is huge and it all ties together. It’s one big puzzle, and all the pieces have to fit.”
Right now, the pieces aren’t fitting very often.