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Florida RB Matt Jones out for the year after knee injury

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Georgia isn't the only SEC team going through a rash of injuries.

Florida running back Matt Jones is out for the season after having surgery Monday for a torn meniscus in his left knee. Jones, a sophomore, is leading the team in rushing yards per game.

"Very unfortunate,'' Florida coach Will Muschamp said at his media availability Monday. "I hate it for Matt. He is a great young man. To have this setback is disheartening for all of us."

Florida is currently last in the SEC in yards per carry at 3.9.

Jones missed the Gators' season opener against Toledo after a viral infection before the season began, but ran for 176 yards against Kentucky. He had just four carries against LSU before the knee injury. And he now joins quarterback Jeff Driskel and defensive lineman Dominique Whaley, among others, on the sidelines for the rest of the season.

Driskel suffered a broken fibula against Tennessee after being hit in the first half, and Whaley had yet another knee injury in practice the week after Driskel's injury. Jones is the seventh Florida player to suffer a season ending injury. In its loss to Missouri, Georgia was without its top two running backs and top three wide receivers. However, coach Mark Richt said running back Todd Gurley, who rolled his ankle against Tennessee, was "real close."

Missouri is Florida's next opponent, though the Tigers aren't completely healthy either. Mizzou lost quarterback James Franklin on Saturday against the Bulldogs.

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