Should Florida play QB Emory Jones instead of Kyle Trask in the second half? Fans, media weigh in
The Florida Gators got off to an awful start against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on Wednesday night, trailing 17-0 before they even had a chance to catch their breath. Heisman finalist Kyle Trask threw 3 interceptions, including a pick-6.
But, after cutting the deficit to 17-3, backup QB Emory Jones provided a spark to the offense, leading a touchdown drive. It culminated with a 1-yard touchdown run.
That’s something Jones brings to the offense — a running threat. Florida’s rushing game has been awful recently, so having Jones as a dual-threat quarterback helps open things up.
So, should Jones get more snaps in the second half? Here’s what fans and media members had to say about it on Twitter as the first half was winding down:
Do you just let Emory Jones cook?
— Craig-n-Dem (@CraignDem43) December 31, 2020
My guess is that extended Emory Jones time is not because of anything Trask did, but because of the holes on defense. Florida gets much more from the run game and longer drives, eating up more clock with Jones on the field
— Derek Tyson (@DerekJTyson) December 31, 2020
I don't care if Emory Jones is throwing up or pooping 💩 on the field??? He's still gives Florida Gators the best chance to win this game over Kyle TRASH 🗑 #CottonBowl
— James Cook (@oldhead314) December 31, 2020
keep Emory Jones in the game
— uncle Josh (@JoshDiesel20) December 31, 2020
Why take out Emory Jones?! He was ballin on the last drive Florida!!!
— Tobias Jenifer (@Coach_Tobias) December 31, 2020
Emory Jones has to be the QB until OU adapts. They were ready for Trask.
— WVU Sports Guy (@WVUSPORTSGUY) December 31, 2020
Emory Jones might be better suited for this type of game. He’s got better legs… if he’s not sick to his stomach of course.
— Stuart Hartley (@MrStuartHartley) December 31, 2020
— #BeatBama #FlyEaglesFly (@Rynebair88) December 31, 2020
With time winding down in the first half, Trask was 14 for 24 with 144 passing yards, 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Jones was 5-for-8 passing for 73 yards and added 31 yards and a touchdown as a runner.
Oklahoma holds a 31-13 lead as we head into halftime.