GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Will Muschamp couldn't recall going through a season like this one.
The 22nd-ranked Gators will be without running back Matt Jones for the remainder of the year, the latest addition to the team's lengthy injury report.
Jones had surgery Monday morning to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. Jones injured his knee during Saturday's 17-6 loss at LSU.
"Very unfortunate," Muschamp said. "I hate it for Matt. He's a great young man. To go through what he's been through ... and then to have this setback is just disheartening for all of us."
Jones, a 6-foot-2, 226-pound sophomore from Seffner, 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 worked his way back into shape and into the starting lineup.
He had costly fumbles in each of his first two games, prompting Muschamp to open up the job. Jones responded with a 176-yard performance at Kentucky, essentially solidifying his spot atop the depth chart.
Now, the Gators will turn to fourth-year junior Mack Brown, who leads the team with 340 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and freshman Kelvin Taylor.
Florida plays at No. 14 Missouri on Saturday.
"We'll get the next guy up," Muschamp said. "We've recruited well at the position, so those guys will get their opportunities and they need to be ready in all situations."
Jones is the seventh Florida player — and fourth starter — to be ruled out for 2013.
Quarterback Jeff Driskel broke a bone in his lower right leg Sept. 21 against Tennessee. Three days later, disruptive defensive tackle Dominique Easley tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee during practice.