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Former Florida Gators QB Emory Jones transferring to Arizona State

The Sun Devils needed a quarterback after Jayden Daniels transferred to LSU.
Emory Jones' last appearance with the Florida Gators came in the Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
Emory Jones' last appearance with the Florida Gators came in the Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times (2021) ]
Published May 5|Updated May 5

Former Florida Gators quarterback Emory Jones announced Thursday that he is transferring to Arizona State. ESPN first reported the news.

Jones signed with the Gators as a top-100 prospect in Dan Mullen’s inaugural 2018 recruiting class. The Georgia native saw time as a change-of-pace option over the next three seasons before taking over as the starter last fall.

His performance was mixed. Though he led UF with 758 rushing yards, his 13 interceptions ranked among the most in the nation.

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Jones strongly considered entering the transfer portal after UF’s loss to UCF in Tampa’s Gasparilla Bowl but stayed. Briefly. He announced his intention to transfer after the first week of spring practice when it became clear that Anthony Richardson was healthy. Richardson, who battled Jones for playing time last year, is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the country and has already shown up on way-too-early mock drafts as a potential first-round pick next year.

Jones’ commitment cements his departure from UF. Assuming Richardson earns the starting job — a very good bet — Ohio State transfer Jack Miller is the Gators’ likely backup.

Emory Jones led the Gators in rushing last year but also threw 13 interceptions.
Emory Jones led the Gators in rushing last year but also threw 13 interceptions. [ ARIELLE BADER | Times (2021) ]

The Sun Devils needed an experienced quarterback after Jayden Daniels transferred to LSU. Daniels appeared in 29 games at Arizona State, accounting for 45 touchdowns (13 rushing, 32 passing) over three seasons.

Jones will be playing under former Bucs assistant Herm Edwards.

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