UF notebook: Freshman Toney putting vast skill set on display

Florida freshman Kadarius Toney runs a drill during a recent practice.

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Published: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 6:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 6:11 p.m.

Florida true freshman dual-threat quarterback Kadarius Toney has started making plays at his new position -- slot receiver.

“Every day he gets better,” UF coach Jim McElwain said. “Here's the amazing thing, you look at the production piece, just the sheer production piece. When you look at our third down and red area, this guy has showed up in the production piece of it. He's got natural hands. He's got some make-you-miss ability.”

Injury update

Several players were held out of Friday night's scrimmage with a variety of undisclosed minor injuries.

Sidelined were tight end C'yontai Lewis, freshman defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe, freshman offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort, cornerback C.J. McWilliams, safety Quincy Lenton and linebacker Kylan Johnson

“A lot of these guys should be back on Sunday,” McElwain said. “It's kind of what the trainer's saying, but we'll see at that point.”

Defensive end Jordan Sherit (knee) is expected to return to full speed early next week.

Left offensive tackle Martez Ivey, who missed some practice time earlier in the week with some swelling in his leg, is now fine. He returned to practice Thursday.

“He practiced well yesterday. He'll go today as well,” McElwain said Friday morning.

Young RBs coming on

True freshmen tailbacks Adarius Lemons and Malik Davis have made a favorable early impression with their work in camp.

“Ahead of where maybe I thought they'd be,” McElwain said. “I think both these guys will make our team."

The freshmen are competing with three veterans -- Jordan Scarlett, Lamical Perine and Mark Thompson -- for possible playing time.

"Malik Davis, he's really flashy. He has a lot of shifty moves,” Scarlett said. “Both of them can catch out of the backfield. They're both fast. Adarius, he runs really hard. He runs behind his pads. I like to call him 'Crazy Legs' because he just goes wild. I like it. But they're two good backs. I'd like to see what they've got coming the next few years."

McElwain said Lemons and Davis are not practicing like freshmen, and it has led to an intense competition at the running back spot.

“They're in there with a purpose,” McElwain said. “I see them running through contact, playing with some pad level, working extra on catching the ball. We've got to use those guys (in the passing game).”

Bryan getting wild

Redshirt freshman offensive guard Brett Heggie did not hesitate when he was asked which defensive lineman is the toughest to block.

“Taven Bryan,” he said. “His quickness off the ball and experience. He's a smart defensive lineman, he knows what he's doing. He's powerful, quick. When you put those two together it's a tough combo.”

The “Wyoming Wild Man” has been a beast in preseason camp, junior defensive end Keivonnis Davis said.

“One day we were doing one-on-ones and he just came off the ball with one hand and jacked a guy up,” Davis said. “He just went over the boy and he didn't even try. He was laughing. It wasn't even a serious rep and he just destroyed a guy. It's crazy to watch him practice. You see that and you think I've got to compete where he's at because he's at another level. He's a grown man on the field.”

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