Florida quarterback Emory Jones has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports. ESPN’s Peter Thamel broke the news just four days after Jones met with the media and declared, “basically, I just wanted to give [the coaching staff] a chance.” Clearly, that didn’t last long.
Jones was originally reported to be entering the transfer portal following Florida’s Gasparilla Bowl appearance, however that never happened. Jones explained that new head coach Billy Napier had recruited him to stay with the program. Jones even had conversations with Levi Lewis, the Ragin’ Cajuns’ QB who excelled under Napier.
Jones spent four years at Florida and finally became the starter in his junior year in 2021. There were a number of highs and lows throughout the campaign, but the LaGrange, GA native finished the season with 2,734 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 65% of his attempts. Additionally, he ran for 759 yards and 4 scores.
Jones leaving doesn’t diminish the QB room as it would have in years past. Anthony Richardson appears to be the odds-on favorite as the starter and incoming transfer Jack Miller (Ohio State) is expected to push him while Carlos Del Rio – Wilson and Jalen Kitna continue to develop. The Gators also signed Max Brown out of Oklahoma in the 2022 recruiting cycle.