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The Walking Wounded: Jones out for the year

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GAINESVILLE -- No. 22 Florida continues to be decimated by injuries. UF’s latest causality is starting tailback Matt Jones -- who tore the meniscus in his left knee in the loss to LSU and is out for the season after undergoing surgery Monday morning.

“We thought it was a sprain in the knee, it turns out it was a torn meniscus,” coach Will Muschamp said. “I hate it for Matt. He's a great young man, to go through what he's been through this fall, missing all of, most of, fall camp. Working his way back in shape and starting to feel good about himself, as far as how he felt physically, mentally and then to have this setback is just disheartening for all of us.”

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The preseason all-conference tailback rushed for 339 yards and two touchdowns in five starts after missing UF’s season-opener battling a serious viral infection.  

Jones tallied four carries on Florida’s opening drive against LSU -- the final run his last of the year after getting rolled up on close to Florida’s sideline.

The sophomore is unlikely to be cleared for a medical redshirt, but Muschamp was unsure of the specifics.

Redshirt junior Mack Brown (340 yards, 3 touchdowns) and highly-regarded freshman Kelvin Taylor (98 yards on 16 carries) will spilt carries moving forward.

In all, it’s another setback for the Gators, as Jones is the fifth starter -- and seventh player overall -- lost to a season-ending injury: Jones, quarterback Jeff Driskel (fibula), defensive tackle Dominique Easley (knee), right tackle Chaz Green (shoulder) and kick returner/wideout Andre Debose (knee).

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