Florida Football: 3 reasons the Gators could make playoff in 2021

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2. Emory Jones has elite potential

People forget just how highly-regarded Emory Jones was out of high school because he has played behind a veteran Feleipe Franks and breakout star in Kyle Trask over the past few years. But Jones was elite.

Jones was the No. 85 prospect in the country in the 2018 class out of Franklin, Ga., and had to sit behind some veterans and now that he’s finally getting his shot, he might just take flight. I was a big fan of his game when he committed to Florida a few years ago and I thought he might be able to push Franks for the starting job or replace him after he got injured, but clearly Trask was a solid choice.

We still haven’t seen everything Jones can do and the staff used him more as a runner in design plays over the past couple of years, but his arm is actually solid.

In fact, he has seven touchdowns to one interception on 76 attempts with 713 passing yards in his sporadic playing time over three years. He has elite potential when he’s given the chance, he just has to show that he can be consistent.

Heck, he may elevate the offense after Trask’s departure, especially since he’ll have a much better run game behind him than his predecessor had.