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GATORS LOSE JACKSON, ALL-PURPOSE WEAPON

No. 1 Florida is about to find out how many players it takes to replace Terry Jackson.

Jackson, the most versatile player on an offense that was just beginning to hit its stride, tore a ligament in his right knee against Kentucky and is out for the season.

Jackson tore the anterior cruciate ligament after catching a 19-yard pass on third-and-10 in the first quarter that led to a touchdown in the Gators' 55-28 win over Kentucky. Jackson, who also played linebacker a year ago when Florida suffered through a rash of injuries, already blocked a punt this year that was returned for a TD.

The injury's timing couldn't have been worse for Florida (4-0 overall, 2-0 in the SEC). After playing host to Arkansas on Saturday, the Gators don't play a home game again until Nov. 8. In between, they play consecutive games at No. 13 LSU and No. 8 Auburn, and also face 18th-ranked Georgia in Jacksonville.

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