UF Football: Toney Named Finalist for Paul Hornung Award

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Gators wide receiver recognized among country’s elite playmakers

Florida’s Kadarius Toney was named one of five finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, the Louisville Sports Commission announced on Wednesday.

The Paul Hornung Award is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission to the most versatile player in major college football.

Chosen as finalists by a 17-member Selection Committee and online fan voting are: Michael Carter (North Carolina), D’Wayne Eskridge (Western Michigan), Travis Etienne (Clemson), DeVonta Smith (Alabama), and Toney.

Toney started all 11 games and averaged 130.8 all-purpose yards per game touching the ball five different ways – receiving, rushing, passing, and returning kicks and punts.

He is one of three FBS players to record touchdowns rushing, receiving, and returning punts; and one of four to record two touchdowns receiving and one rushing in a game (against Missouri).

Toney made the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll four times this season.

Toney is the first Gator since Demarcus Robinson (four in 2014) with four 100-yard receiving games in a season. He also moved within 16 yards of the 12th 1,000-yard receiving season in school history and first since Taylor Jacobs logged 1,088 in 2002.

The 17-person Paul Hornung Award National Selection Committee chose the 2020 finalists, with fans generating the 18th vote online. Fan voting for the winner opened yesterday and continues here through Jan. 4, again counting as the 18th vote.

Fans can vote once every 24 hours for their favorite among the five finalists.