Cincinnati Football: Bearcats duo Emory Jones, Xzavier Henderson discuss connection

Cincinnati Bearcats senior wide receiver Xzavier Henderson against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Nippert Stadium.
Cincinnati Bearcats senior wide receiver Xzavier Henderson against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Nippert Stadium. /
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Cincinnati Bearcats duo Emory Jones and Xzavier Henderson discussed their connection after helping secure a season-opening win this weekend!

During their time with the Florida Gators, Jones and Henderson developed a relationship that should translate to production in Cincinnati this year.

Moments into the highly-anticipated matchup, Jones found Henderson downfield for a 49-yard touchdown pass to give the Bearcats an early lead.

The former Florida quarterback continued to showcase his dynamic ability with a 39-yard touchdown to Dee Wiggins later in the first quarter.

Cincinnati Football: Bearcats duo Emory Jones, Xzavier Henderson discuss connection

After spending three seasons seasons at Florida, Henderson decided to transfer to Cincinnati and reunite with his former teammate Jones in May.

Henderson compiled a team-best 410 yards and 38 catches with the Gators in 2022, and should have a chance to lead the Bearcats in receiving yards.

Jones capped off his school record-tying debut with a touchdown pass to former UConn wide receiver Aaron Tuner midway through the third quarter.

With an opportunity to cap off their careers on a high note, Jones and Henderson are hoping to find success in their first campaign with the Bearcats.

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Following an impressive season debut, Jones broke down his bond with Henderson in a postgame press conference per Cincinnati Athletics.

Jones was seemingly unstoppable in the 66-13 win, finishing with 345 passing yards and tying a program record with seven total touchdowns!

"“That’s someone that I’ve been throwing to for years now so the connection and chemistry we have is one of the best and it showed today. He worked his tail off ever since he got here and put himself in position to be out there and go make plays like he did today. I’m very excited. I think the mindset and attitude that we had as a team coming in was just flying around the ball. Like I said earlier in the week, I think if we just go out and execute then everything will take care of itself and that’s what we did.”"

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