Former Florida quarterback Jalon Jones announced his intentions to transfer earlier this week. Now, the reason for his departure has come out.
The news of Jalon Jones transferring from Florida came as a surprise. The former four-star recruit was a candidate to be the quarterback of the future for the Gators. However, now, his football future is in jeopardy after he was accused of sexual assault.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Jones was accused by a Florida student of sexually assaulting her, stemming from an April 6 incident. The Times reports she did not press criminal charges against Jones.
Florida released a statement through university spokesman Steve McClain, saying, “We are aware of the incident reports and have followed athletic department and campus protocols.”
Swamp247 reports Jones was urged to transfer to seek a fresh start and entering the transfer portal was a mutual decision.
The Virginia native completed one pass for five yards and ran for 63 yards and a touchdown in the team’s spring game earlier this month. Jones was expected to compete for the third spot on the depth chart with Emory Jones, behind the starter, Feleipe Franks and redshirt junior Kyle Trask who has starting experience but will be the team’s No. 2 signal-caller.
Any school interested in adding Jones to their roster for the fall may want to wait until more information is gathered about this sexual assault accusation. He could go the junior college route and try to resurface at an FBS program in two years if he finds his options are severely limited by this news.