Will Muschamp said today that runningback Matt Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus suffered against LSU. Muschamp also said that Jones is having surgery this (Monday) morning.
“Very unfortunate. I hate it for Matt. He is a great young man. To have this setback is disheartening for all of us.” – Muschamp said Monday morning
He suffered the injury on Saturday in the 17-6 loss LSU Tigers in Death Valley, leaving the game in the first half. He returned to the sideline later in the game without pads.
Jones rushed 79 times this year for a total of 339 yards and two touchdowns after missing the opening game against Toledo due to a viral illness. His most impressive performance was against Kentucky when he carried the ball 28 times for 176 yards and a touchdown.
With Jones out against LSU, the Gators relied heavily on RBs Mack Brown and Kelvin Taylor. Brown suffered an injury of his own against LSU, minor though, giving Taylor even more playing time. The freshman RB took advantage, rushing 10 times for 52 yards, and impressing coach Will Muschamp. He was the first player Muschamp mentioned on Monday morning.
Brown moves into the starting spot and Taylor now takes over the role as backup.
Jones is now on a long list of Gators lost for the season. Others include Jeff Driskel, Dominique Easley, Chaz Green, Andre Debose, Matt Rolin, and Nick Washington.
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