Matt Jones on pace to play for Florida Gators vs. Miami

Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators entered the 2013 season without one of their primary playmakers, running back Matt Jones. Tabbed the starter for coach Will Muschamp’s squad, Jones contracted what was eventually diagnosed as a “serious viral infection.”

The infection caused Jones to lose eight-to-10 pounds and even miss the first game of the season, a 24-6 home victory over Toledo.

Jones has been working hard to get himself back into playing shape and it appears as if it is going to pay off at just the right time. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the sophomore is on pace to at least play against Miami in the team’s highly-anticipated Week 2 showdown in Sun Life Stadium.

When asked about Jones, Muschamp said Monday that he, “feels pretty good about his progress.” However, he would not say whether Jones would be starting or how many carries he and offensive coordinator Brent Pease were planning on giving him.

In Jones’ absence, redshirt junior Mack Brown enjoyed a career afternoon in The Swamp against the Rockets. The 5-foot-11, 215-pounder rushed for 112 yards on 25 carries and two scores. He totaled exactly 25 carries all of last season.

For his efforts, Brown was named the Gators’ Offensive Player of the Week.