Dan Mullen shares expectations for Emory Jones, similarities to Kyle Trask
Dan Mullen has plenty of confidence in new starting quarterback Emory Jones. But the Florida coach also admits that the Gators will put Jones in unique positions that he hasn’t handled yet, and things like mental preparations are different as a starting quarterback.
At a press conference ahead of fall camp, Mullen said Jones and last year’s starter Kyle Trask have plenty in common in terms of development, maturity and personality.
“Obviously their skill sets are very different, and one of the things that’s important to us is to play to the skill sets of our players,” Mullen said. “They do things differently at the quarterback position, and they do things differently at every position where you have new faces.”
Mullen mentioned that when he first saw Jones, and Mississippi State was the first to offer him from the SEC, he saw “elite arm talent, where the ball jumps out of his hands.” He also noted Jones’ ability to improvise and make plays.
Jones has learned a great deal from players like Trask about himself, and how to prepare for the season, be ready for your moment.
“I expect great things out of Emory this year,” Mullen said. “My confidence in Emory is really high, my confidence in his maturity is really high, it’s handling all that what comes with being a starting quarterback.”