Much Appreciated GatorNation! Foreva In My heart pic.twitter.com/1Sv3cXS8tn— Joka ® (@0fficialC2N) December 28, 2020
Toney had been photographed practicing with Florida over the weekend, but playing in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma would have been a high-risk move with little to no reward: Toney, like all-everything tight end Kyle Pitts before him, just put an exclamation point on his collegiate career in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama.
And for Toney, the eight-catch, 153-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Crimson TIde was a second consecutive emphatic statement of greatness, following a nine-catch, 182-yard, one-touchdown night against LSU that also featured 56 rushing yards. Toney’s consecutive games of more than 200 all-purpose yards were the first two of his career, and finish off a year in which he compiled 1,439 all-purpose yards, the most by a Gator since Percy Harvin.
Toney won’t get to become the first Florida pass-catcher since Taylor Jacobs in 2003 to crack 1,000 receiving yards in a season, missing that milestone by a mere 16 yards, but he did everything necessary in a spectacular senior season to erase any perceptions of him as an overrated gimmick and replace them with visions of multi-faceted deployment in an inventive NFL offense.
For a guy who raps as Yung Joka, making himself a joker card is some feat.