The Tennessee-Florida matchup was thrown a curveball on Saturday night in Lexington. Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks went down with a gruesome ankle injury, which will reportedly end his season.
Kyle Trask entered under center in relief, helping to deliver a come from behind victory in the second half. Considering how Trask performed on Saturday, it would be tough to imagine Dan Mullen playing anyone else going forward. But after the win against Kentucky, he’s already hinting at the possibility of playing Emory Jones.
“Kyle was kind of hot,” Mullen said on Saturday. “So, we kind of stuck with it. I had a couple of stuff to get Emory in, but we just kind of stuck with Kyle since he was rolling. Moving forward, honestly, we’re going to play both guys moving forward.”
Trask threw for 126 yards against Kentucky, completing 9-13 passes for 126 yards while Jones didn’t see a snap. So can Tennessee actually expect to see Jones on Saturday afternoon? Or is this simply a ploy by Mullen to force Tennessee to gameplan for his legs?
Jones is a former four-star, top 100 overall recruit. The 6-2, 195 passer was the 5th ranked dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2018. He’s a much different player from Trask — one that requires special gameplanning for Derrick Ansley and Jeremy Pruitt.
Tennessee was eaten alive by Georgia State quarterback Dan Ellington running the speed option. Mullen and his staff would be crazy not to try and recreate that success.
Will Jones actually play? We’ll see. It probably depends on how Trask performs. But if Florida needs a spark on Saturday, Jones could absolutely be that guy.