Jones done for the season

Florida head coach Will Muschamp wasn't concerned about the status of running back Matt Jones on Saturday after his knee injury against LSU. The Gators didn't expect it to be serious, but that changed when the team returned to Gainesville. Muschamp announced on Monday that Jones will be out for the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus.

"We thought it was a sprain in the knee," Will Muschamp said. "Turns out it's a torn meniscus. He definitely will be out."

Matt Jones was undergoing surgery around noon on Monday.

The injury occurred in the first half on Saturday when Jones was tackled in front of the Florida bench. The hit came from the back of his knee, awkwardly wrapping him up before he came off the field. He later showed up in street clothes on the Florida bench for the second half.

The injury forces the Gators to reassess in the backfield.

Mack Brown and Kelvin Taylor will carry the load for the Florida offense, just as they did in the second half against LSU. Taylor played well and is averaging 6.1 yards per carry this season.

Mark Herndon, who earned a scholarship this fall, will serve as the third running back. Valdez Showers will continue to be involved, although Muschamp noted he wasn't capable of handling a full load at running back.

"We'll go from there with those guys," Muschamp said.

Jones ends his sophomore season with 79 carries for 339 yards and two touchdowns. He was averaging 67.8 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry.

"I hate it for Matt," Muschamp said. "He's a great young man. To go through what he has been through this fall, to have this setback, it's disheartening."

The Gators have now lost five starters to injury this season, including quarterback Jeff Driskel (fibula), offensive tackle Chaz Green (shoulder), wide receiver/kickoff returner Andre Debose (knee), defensive tackle Dominique Easley (knee) and Jones.

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