GAINESVILLE — The University of Florida football team suffered another devastating injury as Matt Jones, the team’s top running back, is out for the season with a torn meniscus, Gators coach Will Muschamp announced Monday.
No. 22 Florida (4-2) plays at No. 14 Missouri (6-0) on Saturday.
Jones, an Armwood High product, was injured in Saturday’s loss to Louisiana State, leaving the game after his fourth carry.
Also this season, UF also lost defensive tackle Dominique Easley for the year with a knee injury, and quarterback Jeff Driskel to a broken leg, while offensive lineman Chaz Green (torn labrum) and receiver Andre Debose (knee) didn’t make it to the start of the season..
“Very unfortunate,’’ Muschamp said of Jones, who led the Gators with 339 rushing yards on 79 attempts. “I hate it for Matt going through what he’s been through this fall.’’
Jones missed the entire preseason and the first game of the season with a viral infection.
“Again, we’ve got man down, man up,” Muschamp said. “We recruited well at the position.’’
Jones’ absence leaves Mack Brown and Kelvin Taylor to handle the bulk of the carries. Taylor, the son of former Gators running back Fred Taylor, had 52 yards on 10 attempts in Saturday’s 17-6 loss at LSU. Brown has 199 rushing yards this season, including 56 on 15 attempts against LSU.