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Emory Jones invisible spring reason for concern for Gators

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Emory Jones has yet to make his presence known in Gainesville. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

First-year Florida coach Dan Mullen conducted a 27-minute press conference on Monday.

No one asked about true freshman quarterback Emory Jones.

I’m officially concerned.

The reporters have seen enough of the first half of spring drills from open practices to know what’s happening. To Mullen’s credit, they aren’t being shut out and forced to rely on his responses to reach conclusions.

Mullen opened a scrimmage up on Friday and while the media couldn’t report schematic information, they were able to determine what’s going on with the quarterback battle.

It’s Feleipe Franks vs. Kyle Trask.

Franks, who was awful last season as a redshirt freshman, against another redshirt sophomore that has yet to take a collegiate snap and didn’t even start in high school.

Trask fared considerably better than Franks. The Gainesville Sun charted Franks at 7-of-22 passing with three interceptions.

Did I mention I’m concerned?

Shouldn’t Jones be a contender in this race if he’s as talented as his four-star recruiting hype would suggest? He was the nation’s 85th-ranked player overall, according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.

Yes, he’s only had six practices and the scrimmage. There’s still 10 days left of drills and the spring game.

But let’s go back to last year.

Georgia was already raving about quarterback Jake Fromm by this point in spring.

Even former UF coach Jim McElwain and his staff couldn’t contain their praise of true freshman Kadarius Toney’s running ability.

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Jones obviously has yet to make much of an impact – even as a runner. Reporters aren’t asking about him because he isn’t flashing.

That can certainly change and perhaps Jones becomes a star. However, considering UF’s lack of proven production at the position, if Jones leaves spring as a distant third on the depth chart that will be incredibly disappointing.

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