The hits kept coming for the Florida Gators football team following their loss to Arkansas last Saturday. Jim McElwain announced that the Gators would be without four regular starters, including starting quarterback Luke Del Rio.
“Looking at myself in the mirror, we should have made a change at halftime,” said McElwain.
Del Rio was injured in the second quarter against Arkansas and McElwain thought about making a switch at quarterback but didn’t know the severity of the injury.
“He’s a tough guy. He will be out for a while there’s an MRI going on right now,” McElwain said Monday. “It’s bad when you can’t lift your duffle bag.”
With Del Rio out Purdue graduate transfer Austin Appleby will get the first team reps in practice this week. Appleby started two games this season when Del Rio went down with a knee injury. The Gators were 1-1 in those games. Appleby completed 42-of-67 (63%) of his pass attempts for three touchdowns and one interception.
McElwain will also look at his two freshmen quarterbacks Kyle Trask and Feleipe Franks. Both freshmen were early enrollees but have yet to play this season. McElwain simply said “we’ll find out” when asked how the two freshmen have shown progress in practice since arriving last spring.