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Gators RB Matt Jones lost for the season with knee injury

An extremely difficult season for Florida Gators RB Matt Jones has come to an abrupt end.

Jones, the former Tampa Armwood standout, suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during this past Saturday's game against LSU and will miss the remainder of the season.

Jones underwent surgery Monday morning, coach Will Muschamp said. Jones is the fifth starter to suffer a season-ending injury this year, the third in the past month joining QB Jeff Driskel and DT Dominique Easley.

"I'm very disappointed Matt Jones is out for the season," Muschamp said during his weekly Monday pres conference.

Jones had four carries for 17 yards vs. LSU.

Jones was prepared to enter the preseason as the starting RB, and was anticipating a breakout season, but fell ill to a severe virus infection in early August. The illness caused him to miss all of the Gators' preseason and the first game of the season.

Jones, a sophomore, had 79 rushing attempts and 339 yards in five games. He also had two touchdowns.

"Matt played six plays in the game and got bent up on our sideline on a tackle and just got caught up underneath of him and that's when it happened," Muschamp said. "Very unfortunate. I hate it for Matt."

With Jones out, freshman RB Kelvin Taylor will split time with Mack Brown. Former walk-on Mark Herndon is listed at third string, and TB Hunter Joyer could also see more time at the position.