True freshman quarterback Emory Jones has been getting extended snaps in practice and likely will have a package of plays for the Peach Bowl. But his exact role for the game has yet to be determined, UF coach Dan Mullen said Friday.
“He’s getting a lot of reps in practice right now,” he said. “We haven’t really started putting the game plan together when you are on the road flying from one place to the next (recruiting). You’re watching a bunch of film within the game plan.
“We haven’t set the game plan for what his role will be coming into the game. At the practices, he’s certainly getting a lot of reps and a lot of extra time. Getting him ready for the spring.”
Jones played more than half the game against Idaho on Nov. 17. That appearance left him with the opportunity to play in one more game and still redshirt this season.
As the backup quarterback going into the FSU game, Jones was an injury away from becoming the starter. But Feleipe Franks did not get hurt and the mop-up duty late in the game went to walk-on quarterback Nick Sproles.
So, Jones now will have an opportunity in Atlanta.
“We didn’t put in a package for him in that (FSU) game,” Mullen said. “He was the backup quarterback in that game. It was one of those deals, where if Feleipe was injured he would go play.
“Within the FSU game that was the plan. If a helmet popped off, he wouldn’t have gone in. You saw at the end of the game he didn’t go in in that situation. That was kind of the plan going into it, if he was going to play he was going to play because there was an injury and he had to go in.”
Practices open again
After Friday’s practice was closed to the public due to inclement weather, Mullen announced the Saturday and Sunday practices will be open. The Gators practiced in the indoor practice facility Friday, but will go back outdoors the next two days.
“This weekend, we’ll use those as a little bit more developmental, basic fundamental practices,” Mullen said. “Then Monday we’ll get in the game plan. On the game plan practice we’ll go back to closing practice at that stage.”
With the bowl practices about to ramp up, there are no new significant injuries to report, Mullen said.
“I don’t have a whole new injury-wise,” he said. “We’re healthy and ready to go. If anything it’s little bumps and bruises on guys as they’re getting ready to go.
“But we expect the guys that have been out will still be out for the bowl game. The only guy will be (quarterback) Kyle Trask that has been out that has a good shot to be available for the bowl game.”
Trask sustained a broken foot in practice the week of the South Carolina game.
Gators vs. Knights?
Mullen, who has conversations with athletic director Scott Stricklin about scheduling, said UF may have offered UCF a chance to play the Gators at some point in the future.
The state schools would play one game in Orlando and two in Gainesville.
“I think we offered them a two-for-one like we do with most schools in their position, which is actually really a good deal,” Mullen said. “They have the opportunity to have an SEC school play at their place. It would potentially be a big deal for them.
“I know I’ve done it that way. When I was at Mississippi State we did it, we played some two-for-ones with schools in smaller conference like them. Getting the opportunity to have an SEC school is a big plus for them. Scott brought it up to them. If they want to try and toughen their schedule, that would be great, a good opportunity for them if they want to take it. It’s up to them.”