Florida RB Jones (Knee) Out For Season
By Kristen Finstad
Gators coach Will Muschamp saw his seventh player and fourth starter go down with a season-ending injury Monday as running back Matt Jones had surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee.
Jones, who has carried the ball for 339 yards and two touchdowns this season, injured his knee in Florida's 17-6 loss at LSU on Saturday.
"Very unfortunate. I hate it for Matt. He is a great young man," Muschamp said.
This injury for Jones comes after he missed most of fall practice and the season opener recovering from a viral infection. He spent the rest of the time working his way back into shape and into the starting lineup.
"To go through what he's been through ... and then to have this setback is disheartening for all of us," Muschamp said.
Freshman Kelvin Taylor and fourth-year junior Mack Brown, who leads the team with 340 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, will step in for Jones against No. 14 Missouri on Saturday.
The other season-ending injuries belong to quarterback Jeff Driskel (broken fibula), and defenive tackle Dominique Easley (knee) who both went down in the last month. Adding to the list are offensive lineman Chaz Green (shoulder), receiver/return specialist Andre Debose (knee), linebacker Matt Rolin (knee), and defensive back Nick Washington (shoulder).
"It is what it is," Muschamp said. "It's unfortunate. More than anything, I hate it for the young men. That's very frustrating for a young man with as much time and effort as they put into it."