Emory Jones shares the latest on his injured thumb
Florida head coach Dan Mullen said Monday that quarterback Anthony Richardson is “100%” healthy and might get a package when the Gators play Missouri on Saturday, but that Emory Jones is his quarterback.
Jones is playing well, Mullen said. He looked particularly sharp in Florida’s last game out, albeit against an FCS opponent. Jones went 28-for-34 throwing the ball, racked up 464 yards and 6 touchdowns through the air, and added another 86 yards and a score on the ground.
The redshirt junior told members of the media that he feels good but feels there’s room for improvement.
#Gators QB Emory Jones: 'I feel good about how I'm playing, but there's still a lot of improvement to make.' Said thumb injury 'feeling better day by day.'
— Edgar Thompson (@osgators) November 15, 2021
“I feel good about how I’m playing,” he said, according to the Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson, “but there’s still a lot of improvement to make.”
Jones’ performance this past Saturday was the best of the season from him and only the 3rd time this year he’s gone without an interception. But that’s the other side of it. The Georgia native’s 10 picks are the second-most among SEC quarterbacks.
As Florida looks to end its season on a positive note, it’ll need Jones to play more consistent football. A thumb injury that is “feeling better day by day,” according to Jones, would surely help that cause.
The Gators (5-5, 2-5 SEC) head to Columbia on Saturday to face the Tigers (5-5, 2-4 SEC). Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.