Florida RB Jones out for season

October, 14, 2013
10/14/13
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Florida received some bad news on the health front when coach Will Muschamp announced that running back Matt Jones will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Jones, who was injured in Saturday's 17-6 loss to LSU, tore the meniscus in his left knee and had surgery on Monday morning.

The sophomore had 79 carries for 339 yards and two touchdowns this season. He missed a large portion of preseason training camp and the first game of the season because of a viral infection. He had a season-best 176 yards against Kentucky on Sept. 28 and appeared in five games for the No. 22 Gators this season.

Jones was part of a productive two-running back tandem with Florida junior Mack Brown. Brown, who is the team's leading rusher this season with 340 yards on 91 carries, will now be joined by freshman Kelvin Taylor. Taylor had career highs in carries (10) and rushing yards (52) against LSU on Saturday. Muschamp said that Taylor had his best week of practice last week before the LSU game.

Muschamp said sophomore Mark Herndon would be the third option currently at the position and that Valdez Showers and Hunter Joyer could figure into the mix as well.

Jones' injury is the latest in what has been a tough year for the Gators on the injury front. They've also lost four other starters -- receiver Andre Debose (knee), quarterback Jeff Driskel (broken fibula), defensive tackle Dominique Easley (knee) and offensive lineman Chaz Green (shoulder) -- to season-ending injuries.

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