UF needs Matt Jones to spark offense
February, 6, 2012
By Michael DiRocco | ESPN Insider
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The pressure is on running back Matt Jones.
Courtesy T.J. LaFlamboyMatt Jones, ESPNU's No. 11 running back in the nation, sports some Florida gear at his signing day ceremony on Wednesday.
Florida coach Will Muschamp won't admit it, but it's pretty clear that the signee from Seffner, Fla./Armwood High School has to be pretty good next season or the Gators' running game will be even worse than it was this past season.
Muschamp wants the Gators to become a power-running team, and that requires a big, bruising back who has the capability to run between the tackles. UF didn’t have that with small speedsters Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey, while Mike Gillislee and Mack Brown have struggled picking up the offense. That leaves the 6-foot-2, 213-pound Jones, who rushed for 896 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 games this past season, as UF's No. 1 option at tailback in 2012.
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