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Florida Gators' Luke Del Rio officially out, Antonio Callaway still questionable

It looks as if Austin Appleby will start against Tennessee for Florida on Saturday.

It looks as if Austin Appleby will start against Tennessee for Florida on Saturday.

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September

GAINESVILLE -- Florida Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio will be officially out this week, coach Jim McElwain said Monday.

"Obviously we'll be going in with a new quarterback," McElwain said as he previewed his team's top-20 matchup against rival Tennessee.

Del Rio left after taking a hit to his left knee in the third quarter of UF's 32-0 win over North Texas on Saturday.

"He's got a bum leg," McElwain said. "He should be back sometime - I don't know when it's going to be."

Austin Appleby, a graduate transfer from Purdue, took over for Del Rio and completed two of his four passes for 30 yards. Appleby, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound Ohio native, played in 19 games and made 11 starts for the Boilermakers. When Appleby transferred to UF, I wrote a few things you should know about him. 

The Gators haven't announced Appleby's backup, which will be one of two true freshmen - Kyle Trask or Feleipe Franks. 

UF plays at Vanderbilt next week before hosting No. 18 LSU on Oct. 8.

In other injury news, here's what McElwain had to say about standout receiver Antonio Callaway (quad): "We'll try to get Callaway back a little bit. We'll see what happens. He's hurting pretty good."

 

 

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 12:49pm]

    

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