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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Florida' s most indispensable player

By Michael DiRocco

Who is the one player that the Florida Gators cannot afford to lose in 2013?

After quarterback Jeff Driskel, of course.

It’d be too easy to pick the quarterback as the Gators’ most indispensable player. The starting quarterback tops any team’s list of its most important players. So we’re eliminating quarterbacks from consideration.

So who is UF’s most vital player?

RB Matt Jones

This is bad news for the Gators because they might very well be without Jones for the season opener against Toledo -- and possibly beyond -- because he has not yet been cleared to return to the field (viral infection). The 6-foot-2, 226-pound Jones is a bruising runner who was a perfect fit for the Gators’ between-the-tackles running game. He is UF’s best offensive player and his top backup is Mack Brown, who has just 40 carries in three seasons.