The redshirt sophomore from Huntsville made five solo tackles with two assists and a quarterback sack at the annual A-Day Game.
“I made some plays and, one thing, I do want to thank the fans that came out to support us and my teammates that went out and played hard with me,” Toney said.
A position change could help Toney’s chances of playing this season. “Me moving from a mike linebacker to the buck linebacker is a bit different,” he said. “I’ve never played with my hand in the dirt before and maintaining that edge can be difficult for me, but I’m definitely learning and I’m getting better.”
Asked if he likes the new position, Toney said, “Whatever Coach (Will) Muschamp wants me to do, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to have to like it regardless of whether he says no or yes.”
In high school did Toney have a role that prepared him for the buck position? “No...well I used to blitz off the edge, but that was coming from an outside linebacker. But being at defensive end out there with my hand in the dirt and being one on one with that tackle is pretty different, but I love it. I love football period.”
Toney, who is 6-1, 243 pounds, noted that he feels like he is the right size to play the buck position, which also calls for him to drop into pass coverage at times. “I just have to use my speed and my hands and my eye control to my advantage,” he said.
Overall, Toney said he thought the defense did some good things in the A-Day Game under the direction of their new coordinator. “One thing about Muschamp, he always says ‘bring the intensity to the field’ and we did that today. We executed well, and I think that the defense brought it today.”