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Emory Jones transfers to Arizona State: Former Florida starting QB could be a good fit for Herm Edwards’ system

Former Florida starting quarterback Emory Jones announced On twitter who has committed to playing for Arizona State and coach Herm Edwards. Jones, a senior, will be eligible immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining after the free year that the NCAA blanket waiver gave players for the 2020 season.

Jones was the primary starter for Florida last year under former coach Dan Mullen. Hew threw for 2,734 yards, rushed for 758 yards, threw for 19 touchdowns and rushed for four touchdowns in 13 games. He entered the transfer portal during Florida’s spring practice session in March and was a four-star prospect on 247Sports’ transfer rankings.

“Emory has behaved with nothing but class and selflessness,” coach Bill Napier said when Jones entered the portal. “It’s no wonder she has earned the respect of her teammates, coaches and this entire organization. I am proud of him for all that he has accomplished and for his commitment to finish his career this spring. He is a young man with a bright future. And I wish him nothing but the best.”

Jones was a four-star prospect and the 85th overall player in the Class of 2018 out of Heard County High School in Franklin, Georgia.

He’ll join an Arizona State quarterback battle that will be wildly intriguing during fall camp. Three-year starter Jayden Daniels transferred to LSU during the offseason, leaving a hole in the depth chart. Former Alabama quarterback Paul Tyson also transferred to ASU and participated in spring practice for the Sun Devils after serving as a third team for the Crimson Tide last season. Redshirt junior Trenton Bourguet battled with Tyson during spring practice. Bourguet completed 7 of 10 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown in four games in 2021.

Although Jones has yet to officially practice with his new team, he will likely finish fall camp at the top of the depth chart. His ability to make plays in the air and on the ground is very similar to that of Daniels, who rushed for 1,288 yards and 13 touchdowns in 29 games. Tyson and Bourguet aren’t exactly statues in the pocket, but Edwards has made it abundantly clear that he wants mobility in his signal callers.

However, Jones’ interceptions should be a concern. He threw for 13 picks last season, including nine in the first six games. His inability to guard the ball caused an uproar among Gator fans, who begged Mullen to put in the highly touted Anthony Richardson in Jones’s place.

If Jones can limit his mistakes, he has the tools to be a star with the Sun Devils in a Pac-12 South that will likely be open in 2022.