Former UCF quarterback Quadry Jones is now current UCF quarterback.
Jones, who decided two months ago to leave UCF and enter the transfer portal, transferred to Alabama State, where he began the spring semester. After a short time there, Jones had a change of heart and has returned to UCF.
“It was just a lot of confusion my first few days there, more to do with the education part of the school,” Jones said of Alabama State. “I felt as if I could be a part of something special and get a great degree at UCF.”
Pending processing of his paperwork, Jones will remain a redshirt sophomore and be under scholarship, ready to take part in spring practice. He said his understanding is that he will be eligible immediately, although that has not been squared away yet. He’s still not officially part of the team, but he anticipates no issues with his processing because he was allowed to re-enroll in his classes.
“I’m very glad to be back around my brothers and the people who invested in me [during] my time here,” said Jones, a former Orlando Jones High star. “Once I entered the portal [at Alabama State] and was able to get in touch with [UCF] coaches, they were happy and welcomed me back.”
With the departure of UCF quarterbacks coach Jeff Lebby to Mississippi as new Rebels coach Lane Kiffin’s offensive coordinator, many have speculated Lebby’s impending departure was the reason Jones left in the first place. Jones squashed that idea Thursday.
“My decision had nothing to do with coach Lebby leaving. He’s a great coach, and I wish him the best,” Jones said.
During his sole season on the field at UCF, Jones was a solid backup to Darriel Mack Jr. and current starter Dillon Gabriel. Jones played in three games this past season, completing three passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Jones also said he is not worried about UCF receiving a commitment from 2020 quarterback Parker Navarro of Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday.
“No concern. He’s gotta come work just like the rest of us, but I’m happy he’s a part of the family,” Jones said.