Matt Jones Undergoes Surgery; Running Back Out for Spring

On Wednesday, Florida running back Matt Jones underwent another surgery on his left knee. While Jones is actually ahead of the recovery timetable, the surgery will keep him out of Spring practice.

Matt Jones, Florida Gators

Jones was in the midst of a promising, although frustrating, sophomore campaign when he went down with the injury. He only appeared in five games during the 2013 season, with his yards per carry average going up and down.

The duo of Jones and freshman Kelvin Taylor was expected to be a good one, but we only saw the two carry the ball in the same game twice. There was no two-headed monster, much to the dismay of Gators’ fans.

In Wednesday’s press conference, head coach Will Muschamp mentioned that Jones’s knee was 90 percent healed. Jones is progressing nicely and should be ready to go in time for Fall practice.

Also missing the Spring sessions are linebackers sophomore Alex Anzalone, redshirt sophomore Jeremi Powell, and redshirt freshman Matt Rolin.

Florida’s D.J. Durkin Named Rivals Recruiter Of The Year

I’ve been hard on D.J. Durkin during his two seasons with the Florida Gators. During the 2010 season, the linebackers struggled and during 2011, special teams left more than just something to be desired at times. But I can swallow my pride and give the man credit where credit it due. On Monday, Durkin was named Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.

Durkin’s unit started to show life as the 2011 season progressed and definitely had their moments. I’m sure we’re all hoping 2012 is the season players like Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins reach All-American levels of play. Durkin’s biggest impact, though, may be happening off the field.

Durkin was credited for seven commitments in the 2012 recruiting class, including five-star offensive lineman D.J. Humphries and five-star defensive end Johnathan Bullard. He played a major role in kicking the door to North Carolina wide open. Durkin was also instrumental in keeping cornerback Brian Poole committed to Florida and following up with linebacker Jeremi Powell to ensure he would become a Gator.

Florida Gators Add Antonio Morrison

Will Muschamp and the Florida coaching staff have added commitment no. 16 to the mix. On Wednesday, Antonio Morrison chose the Gators over Alabama, Tennessee and a number of others.

Rivals ranks the inside linebacker as the no. 8 prospect at the position while Scout disagrees and puts him as the nation’s no. 50 OLB. Those rankings may be a little far apart for your liking, but be assured Florida got the player they wanted.
Muschamp has put together a nice trio of linebackers as part of the 2012 recruiting class and Morrison may have been the final piece. He is fast for a player his size and a solid tackler who can man any of the linebacker positions. Along with Lorenzo Phillips and Jeremi Powell, the position has a bright future.
The news may keep coming, but we’ll have to wait another day. One of the nation’s top players – D.J. Humphries – will announce his decision on Friday and Florida is among the finalists.