GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida running back Matt Jones was mostly miserable last season.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound junior from Seffner missed considerable time with a viral infection, rushed back for the second game of the season and then injured his knee a few weeks later.

He didn't think things could get any worse.

But with Jones watching from the sideline, the Gators ended the year with seven consecutive losses and recorded the program's first losing season since 1979.

He says "watching the team just kind of falling apart, that was the toughest thing."

Jones is healthy now and eager to prove last year was a fluke - for himself and Florida.

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