My initial thought when I saw the announcement of Oklahoma’s Cotton Bowl matchup with Florida was panic. If the Sooners had struggled with containing Iowa State’s Charlie Kolar then how in the world were they going to approach the Gator duo of Kadarius Toney and Kyle Pitts? Those two have combined for 1,754 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns this season by creating a size and speed matchup issue for opposing defenses.
Pitts has a 6-6/246 frame and is averaging 17.9 yards per reception. Meanwhile Toney is flashing his speed to average 14.1 yards per reception. One of those two won’t be in Arlington in ten days when the Sooners and Gators meet at the Cotton Bowl Classic. Pitts announced via social media on Sunday afternoon that he is opting out of the game, and his senior season, to enter the NFL Draft.
Not only does quarterback Kyle Trask lose his top touchdown target (12 on the season) but the Gators lose a key part of their offensive game plan. That doesn’t mean the Gators still won’t be dangerous though. Two weeks ago, when Pitts was held out against LSU, Toney still hauled in 9 passes for 182 yards and a score.
Florida’s offense is still going to give Oklahoma’s defense some headaches, but Pitts won’t be one of them.