UF Football: Toney Named SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week

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Toney earns honor after returning punt for touchdown on Saturday

Kadarius Toney was named the Southeastern Conference Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

Toney earned this honor after returning a punt 50 yards for a touchdown in Florida’s 34-10 victory over Kentucky on Saturday in The Swamp.

With the Gators trailing 10-7 late in the first half, Toney’s return for a touchdown flipped the game’s momentum back to Florida, giving them a 14-10 edge at halftime, a lead that the Gators wouldn’t lose again.

Toney is the third Gator since at least 1996 to score a passing, rushing, receiving, and punt return touchdown in a career, joining Jacquez Green and Antonio Callaway.

Toney’s 50-yard punt return for a touchdown was the Gators’ first punt return touchdown since Freddie Swain’s 85-yarder for a touchdown against Colorado State on Sept. 15, 2018.

Additionally, Toney caught three passes for 38 yards and completed a pass on Saturday against the Wildcats.

Toney’s versality on the field has placed him as a top candidate for the Paul Hornung Award, which is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission to honor football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung.

College football fans nationwide have the opportunity to vote for their favorite player during the regular season and again during the bowl season. Online fan voting is now open HERE and factors into the selection of the finalists and winner.

Toney shared the honor of SEC Special Teams Player of the Week with Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller, who became the first woman to play in a college football game for a Power 5 school on Saturday.