Emory Jones taking the reins of Florida's rebuilding offensive attack

Florida Athletics photo / After spending 24 games as Florida's backup quarterback, redshirt junior Emory Jones is looking to guide the Gators to a second straight appearance in the Southeastern Conference championship contest.

Coach Dan Mullen, defensive lineman Zach Carter and linebacker Ventrell Miller were Florida's three representatives last week at SEC Media Days, and all three were asked about the same player who wasn't in attendance.

Emory Jones.

After two football seasons with Kyle Trask as the starting quarterback that produced trips to the Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl - not to mention last season's trip to the Southeastern Conference title game - Jones is now holding the reins for the Gators. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound redshirt junior from LaGrange, Georgia, was once committed to Ohio State and is oozing with athleticism, but can he be effective in guiding an attack that has to rebuild following the losses of tight end Kyle Pitts, receiver Trevon Grimes and the do-everything Kadarius Toney?

"He came in as a very celebrated high school player, and I think for a couple years now, he's learned, he's grown and he's developed," Mullen said.