During a Monday afternoon press conference, coach Will Muschamp gave Gators fans everywhere a bit of good news regarding running back Matt Jones. Expected to start as a true sophomore, Jones has been suffering from what Muschamp called a “serious viral infection,” which has indefinitely sidelined the back.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Muschamp reports that Jones’ condition is improving. In fact, the 6-foot-3 Jones has already been reporting to the UF football complex during camp and Muschamp hopes to have him back into the physical grind by next week.
The infection has caused Jones, who normally weighs 225 pounds, to drop between eight and 10 pounds – not a small amount of weight. It may be a little while until he can physically hold up to the abuse of handling full-on contact, and the 2013 season kicks in a mere few weeks’ time.
Jones is still expected to step up and receive the bulk of the carries. Since he has been out, junior Mack Brown has worked with the first-team on the practice field. Muschamp and his staff have also gotten a great look at Kevlin Taylor. The highly-touted freshman is the son of former Florida and NFL great Fred Taylor.