A pair of former Florida Gators are expected to have a significant impact in their first year with the Cincinnati Bearcats as Emory Jones and Jordan Young stood out in Spring Game on Saturday!
Both players began their career at Florida and were teammates for one season in 2021 before eventually reuniting in Cincinnati, becoming a part of Scott Satterfield’s first recruiting class.
Jones looked comfortable in the pocket and showed off his dual threat capability, racking up two touchdowns, highlighted by a 16-yard pass to fellow Georgia native Payten Singletary.
It’s hard to tell which quarterback will earn the starting spot but Jones certainly made a positive impression and should be considered the current favorite as Ben Bryant returns from injury.
Cincinnati Football: Bearcats transfer additions Emory Jones, Jordan Young standout in Spring Game
Young showed off an impressive ability to break up passes and tackle on the perimeter. In addition to deflecting multiple throws, the Florida product had a couple of big hits in the Spring Game.
There are several defensive backs that will compete for playing time moving forward and Jones should have a chance to be a starter heading into the season opener against Eastern Kentucky.
During a postgame press conference, Jones broke down the quarterback battle per Cincinnati Athletics.
"“This is probably one of the best quarterback rooms I’ve been in. Those guys have been together for a while so they get along and my personality fits in really good with them. We just go out there and compete every day. Try to help each other out. Me and Ben are both sixth-year guys so we’ve seen a lot of ball. We have that experience and can speak the same language. I think it’s coming together really well. I just want to go out there and execute, do my job and play clean ball. Not have many negative plays. It’s about playing efficient, getting completions and moving the ball.”"