On Thursday, Arizona State announced that Florida transfer Emory Jones had won the starting quarterback job. After being the only guy in the competition not to go through spring ball with the team, Jones beat out Paul Tyson and Trenton Bourguet for the right to lead the team in its Sept. 1 season-opener against Northern Arizona.

“It’s a great feeling,” Jones told reporters on Friday, per Sun Devil Source’s Chris Karpman. “It’s just an honor to represent this university.”

Head coach Herm Edwards said on Thursday that Jones was the guy who best exhibited that playmaker ability they were looking for. Edwards said Jones can make “unannounced plays” when things break down or he has to go off-script. Jones’ teammates have praised his professional approach to the competition, and Edwards said the group as a whole got better throughout the summer and start of fall camp.

Jones will be picking up the reins from Jayden Daniels, a three-year starter at ASU who elected to transfer to LSU earlier this offseason. Jones arrived in May after being a regular starter for the Gators. For his career in Gainesville, he threw for 3,347 yards and ran for another 1,273 yards. He found the end zone a combined 36 times. Jones took over from Kyle Trask after the Gators’ eight-win campaign in 2020 and led the group to six wins amidst a whole heap of drama.

At Arizona State, he has a shot for a fresh start.

Here’s more of what he had to say on Friday: