Emory Jones transferring from Florida Gators

Florida Gators quarterback Emory Jones (5) throws a pass during a game against Florida State University at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville Fla., Nov. 27, 2021.

It’s been a sad turn of events for Emory Jones. The Florida Gator quarterback announced he will be entering the NCAA transfer portal in the near future and intends to leave Florida.

As reported by Nick de la Torre, Emory Jones will take his final two years of eligibility elsewhere in 2022.

Emory was part of the 2018 recruiting class and a huge get at the time for Dan Mullen. Jones intends to still play In the Gators bowl game versus Central Florida next week. Emory has posted a career record of 6-5 as a starter for the Gators.

Not exactly shocking news coming out of Gainesville on Wednesday night. It really became clear during the LSU game that redshirt freshman Anthony Richardson was emerging and destined to be the starting quarterback in 2022. Emory struggled mightily and threw a pick-six to open the second half in Death Valley and was immediately pulled from the game. Richardson then led the Gators on a furious comeback that came up just short. Dan Mullen then turned to Richardson to start the next game versus Georgia, and probably would have started more games if not for injuries.
It’s sad because it seems like Emory is truly a good teammate and person. However, his play just hasn’t been there on the field. People have been anticipating him becoming the starter since he signed in December 2017, and it just didn’t work out. His play on the field wasn’t there. He had problems taking care of the football, reading plays, lacked confidence in the deep ball and just didn’t seem like he was improving from week to week.

I wish Emory the best of luck and don’t think he will have a problem finding a team where he is their centerpiece. It just won’t be the Florida Gators. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up at mid-level ACC team next season. Somewhere with a little less pressure that can utilize his skillset the way it needs.