Florida redshirt junior quarterback Emory Jones has announced that he will be entering his name into the transfer portal but plans on playing in the 2021 Gasparilla Bowl game against UCF that will be played in Tampa, FL. on December 31.
Jones, who has battled for the QB1 spot over the last three seasons, finally got his chance as Florida’s starting quarterback this year. It was literally and up and down kind of year for the redshirt junior quarterback but he never quit on his team. From the speculation of fans wanting Richardson to lead the Gators’, to the social media bashing and inconsistently style of play, Jones’ kept a good head on his shoulder and kept charging on.
During his first regular season as a starter, Jones’ completed 67.7% of his throws for 2,563 yards with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Although Jones made many spectacular plays in the air and with his feet, his inconsistency was beyond frustrating and the fan base was done putting up with it. He did not live up the hype that we all expected coming out of high school as one of Mullens biggest recruits who we thought could really give Florida the edge they needed.
Jones told Yahoo Sports that he is willing to go anywhere in the country and is looking for a place that can develop and prepare him for the next level.
Redshirt freshman Anthony Richardson was the talk of the town for most of the season by his playmaking abilities and his explosiveness on the field. Richardson became the Gators’ starter late in the season but that came to an end after getting injured in the rivalry game against Florida State.
With Richardson returning, he is more than likely taking over at QB1 which id say is the reason Jones is exploring new opportunities. Jones’ showed his classiness all season long even when things didn’t go his way. He is a leader, an outstanding teammate and a great kid on and off the field. We wish Emory the best of luck on his new journey!