GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida running back Matt Jones was admittedly nervous, rusty and winded in his season debut against Miami.
It was about what he expected after spending a week in a hospital and more than a month recovering from a viral infection that sapped his strength and energy and took off more than 10 pounds.
He says he didn't trust himself in the game. It showed.
Jones ran 18 times for 47 yards -- averaging 2.6 a carry -- in a 21-16 loss to the Hurricanes nearly two weeks ago. He also fumbled on the opening drive, the first of Florida's five turnovers.
With an extra week to prepare for Saturday's game against Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee, Jones has high hopes for his second game.