NICEVILLE – Jeffery Toney is excited to get back to football and have fun with his teammates on the field.
The 6’5″, 220-pound quarterback enters his senior season after guiding Niceville to a 10-3 record in his first year as a varsity starter. He tossed 1,301 yards, 13 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Toney also added three touchdowns on the ground.
“It was great,” Toney said about last season. “I love playing with those guys and I miss them. I’m glad I got the experience to play in front of the great city of Niceville.”
After beating Cantonment Tate 35-32 in the regular season, the Eagles fell to them in the 6A region final, 21-20 last November. Toney admits that he was nervous at first in the playoffs but says he’s glad he got the experience and now knows what it takes to get to the state championship.
He played on JV as a sophomore and freshman football previously getting the speed of the high school game down. Toney has full faith in his current group.
“We have a whole bunch of leaders. This offense is more mature,” he told Prep Sports Scouting. “The team is more mature too. Last year it was a whole bunch of juniors starting. We have a lot of experience now.”
Toney started his football career at age 7 as both a tight end and running back. He moved to quarterback in eighth grade on his own merit saying that he wanted to play it and felt that he was good enough.
His confidence came after sophomore year on JV.
“Coach [John Hicks] talked to me about being a leader and really stepping up. Him and quarterbacks coach [Tommy Joe] Whiddon have really helped me through the years.”
Toney pointed to the regular season win over Tate last year as a huge a confidence booster. He threw for a career-best 234 yards and three touchdowns in that game.
Niceville has been contenders year in and year out under athletic director/head coach John Hicks, who is entering his 16th season on the sidelines. Hicks owns a 133-46 record all-time which includes two state title appearances (2009, 2013) and a 2014 state semifinal appearance.
Toney had nothing but nice things to say about his head coach.
“He’s [Hicks] the greatest coach in Florida. He’s the best coach I’ve ever had and has taught me a lot of life lessons and how to be a better quarterback.”
As for his biggest strengths, Toney alluded to his arm, pocket presence and ability to use my legs to extend drives. He wants to get better at picking apart defenses.
Northwestern Community College (JUCO) is his lone offer on the table while Mississippi State and Louisiana-Lafayette have also shown interest.
Toney calls his dad his biggest role model.
“He grew up without nothing and came through a lot of adversity. Now he’s a lawyer and he takes care of his family.”
His ultimate goals include playing college football while winning a national championship, conference championship and Heisman before making it to the NFL. Toney is planning to study sports management in college.
Toney is a big bodied quarterback who has the length and arm strength to get the job done. Similar to Steelers Ben Roethlisberger and Ravens Joe Flacco, he stands tall in the pocket and leans on his throwing ability and smarts to make plays.
The big offer hasn’t come yet, but I can promise you it will. Jeffery Toney is calm, cool and collective. Most importantly, he takes his craft seriously. Expect him to be that much better in his senior year as Niceville looks for state title No. 3.
Favorite players to watch – Panthers QB Cam Newton, Patriots QB Tom Brady, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson
Playlist before games – Kodak Black, Lil’ Bucci, Lil Uzi Vert
Favorite movies – Friday Night Lights, Remember the Titans
Favorite TV shows – Martin, ESPN
Fun fact about you that nobody knows – “I’m funny and a good person to hang out with. I can interact with anybody.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “Big Tone”
Game film: Toney’s Hudl tape
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Photo credit: Panama City News Herald
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