Gators Lose Another Key Pass Catcher Ahead Of Cotton Bowl Matchup With Sooners

The hits keep coming for Florida ahead of Wednesday’s Cotton Bowl matchup with Oklahoma. Having already suffered the loss of tight end Kyle Pitts for the NFL Draft, a second key part in the Gator passing attack has now declared as well.

Trevon Grimes was expected to help make up for the loss of Pitts but now he’s been taken out of the receiving depth chart as well. Grimes has accounted for 38 catches for 589 yards and nine touchdowns for the 7th ranked Gators this season, which now means quarterback Kyle Trask will be without two receivers who combined for 81 catches for 1,359 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Florida will travel to Arlington with the nation’s #1 passing offense. Behind Trask, who is a Heisman finalist, they are averaging 388.4 yards per game through the air. However, the news of Kadarius Toney also opting out leaves just Josh Copeland and Justin Shorter, who have recorded just 23 catches each, as the top two receivers for Wednesday night.

The Gator defense also lost a key member last week when linebacker Ventrell Miller announced that he was entering the transfer portal. Miller leads Florida in both solo (52) and total tackles (86). He’s also second on the team with 3.5 sacks.

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