Florida's Trevon Grimes, Kadarius Toney announce they will skip Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma

Zach Abolverdi
Gainesville Sun

Florida will be without its top three pass catchers Wednesday against Oklahoma. 

Gators senior wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Kadarius Toney announced Monday they will skip the Cotton Bowl and begin preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft. They join junior tight end Kyle Pitts, who declared for the draft on Dec. 20 after the SEC Championship Game. 

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Redshirt junior cornerback Marco Wilson will also reportedly skip the bowl game. Another starter in the secondary, senior safety Shawn Davis, remains sidelined with an injury. 

“Thank you Gator Nation, you all mean the world to me,” Grimes wrote in his post, which thanked his family, coaches and teammates. “I will forever cherish all my great memories from playing in The Swamp.”

Toney followed suit on social media an hour later. 

“I am so thankful to have been a part of the Florida program and will be forever grateful for my time in Gainesville,” Toney’s post said. “I cannot imagine another program better preparing me for the next step of my career.”

Toney led the Gators in receptions (70) and receiving yards (984), hauling in 10 touchdowns after scoring just once in each of the last two years. Grimes finishes this season with 38 receptions for 589 yards and nine touchdowns, tripling his scoring total from a year ago. 

Grimes, Pitts and Toney became the second Gators trio in school history to all have at least nine receiving touchdowns for the season. They combined for 151 receptions, 2,343 yards and 31 touchdowns, and UF will be without all of that production Wednesday.

No. 7 Florida (8-3) faces the sixth-ranked Sooners (8-2) at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Florida Gators wide receiver Trevon Grimes (8) makes a catch and runs it in for a touchdown in the third 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]

How to watch the Cotton Bowl

Who: No. 7 Florida (8-3) will face the sixth-ranked Sooners (8-2)

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

TV: ESPN.