Matt Jones Steps Up For Gators

Gators_Matt_Jones_2013GAINESVILLE — UF coach Will Muschamp knew his staff wasn’t wrong about tailback Matt Jones.

The key was to convince Jones to run like they knew he could.

“I pulled Matt in Monday and said, ‘You need to cut it loose and play,’ ” Muschamp said after Florida’s 24-7 win Saturday night at Kentucky. “‘You’re very tentative when you run it. You look like last year at the beginning of the year.’”

Jones, a sophomore, responded with a monster game in Lexington.

The Tampa native finished with a career-high 176 yards on 28 carries. Jones also chipped in three catches for 20 yards as he effectively served as a safety valve for quarterback Tyler Murphy in his first college start.

Source: Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel