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No. 22 Florida loses running back Matt Jones for season to knee injury

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Florida running back Matt Jones is tackled by LSU linebacker D.J. Welter (31) and defensive end Danielle Hunter (94)in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (The Associated Press)

No. 22 Florida will be without running back Matt Jones for the remainder of the season.

Coach Will Muschamp says Jones had surgery Monday morning to repair torn meniscus in his left knee.

Jones injured his knee Saturday at LSU.

The sophomore carried 79 times for 339 yards and two touchdowns this season. He missed most of fall practice and the season opener while recovering from a viral infection. He had costly fumbles in each of his first two games, prompting Muschamp to open up the starting job. Jones responded with a 176-yard performance at Kentucky, essentially solidifying his spot atop the depth chart.

Now, the Gators will turn to senior Mack Brown, who leads the team with 340 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and freshman Kelvin Taylor.