Florida was already down one of its top receiving weapons for the Cotton Bowl showdown against Oklahoma on Wednesday night when Kyle Pitts announced that he would opt out. Now, the Gators will be missing a second top target: Trevon Grimes.
Grimes, a wide receiver transfer from Ohio State, has called it a career in Gainesville. He is opting out of the Cotton Bowl on Wednesday night, and will prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Grimes caught 38 passes for 589 yards and nine touchdown passes in 2020, which will leave a void that somebody like Justin Shorter or Xzavier Henderson will need to step into against the Sooners. Of course, his absence for the Cotton Bowl will give his replacements a chance to get a head start on filling his void on Wednesday for 2021 and beyond.
Florida, of course, will still have Kyle Trask at the controls in Dallas, likely for the final time, and he will have fellow All-American Kadarius Toney at his disposal. So even without Trevon Grimes, it isn’t like Florida’s explosive 2020 offense will be a complete shell of itself when the Gators take the field at Jerry’s Palace.
Regardless: thanks for all the memories, Ocho. See you on Sundays.