Billy Napier Talks First Tasks as Gators Head Coach
Florida quarterback Emory Jones plans to enter the transfer portal, Yahoo!’s Pete Thamel first reported.
Jones threw for 2,536 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions during his junior season this fall. The dual threat quarterback started in 11 and played in all 12 games during the disappointing 6-6 season that led to Dan Mullen’s termination.
Jones was 1-0 in his lone start against Tennessee, totaling 333 yards and two touchdowns at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The Lagrange, Georgia native plans to transfer just under two weeks since Florida hired Louisiana’s Billy Napier as its newest head coach.
The transfer portal is extremely active — particularly at the quarterback position — but Florida might not necessarily turn there to replace Jones. Freshman quarterback Anthony Richardson totaled 930 yards last season and is a dynamic playmaker.
Still, transfer portal quarterbacks have played a major role in the SEC already this offseason. Bo Nix and Texas A&M Zach Calzada — two quarterbacks that beat Alabama — have entered the transfer portal. South Carolina picked up talented Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler and Ole Miss and Auburn are both looking for quarterbacks in the portal.
Tennessee has’t had any transfer portal drama since the season ended. In fact, no UT players have entered the portal since the regular season finale against Vanderbilt.
However, Tennessee did have transfer portal drama during and before the season. Quarterback Brian Maurer entered the portal in August and signed with Stephen F. Austin Wednesday. Harrison Bailey entered the portal in October but hasn’t found a new home yet.