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Florida Gators name Luke Del Rio starting quarterback for Week 1

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The Florida Gators have named Luke Del Rio their starting quarterback for the season opener.

"Luke is going to work as the starter the rest of camp and start in the season opener barring any unforeseen development,'' coach Jim McElwain said via UF. "Our other quarterbacks remain in the plans and are ready to move forward and help the Gators any way they can."

Del Rio beat Austin Appleby, a graduate transfer from Purdue, for the right to start against UMass on Sept. 3.

Del Rio, a 6-foot-1, 213-pound redshirt sophomore, sat out last season after transferring from Oregon State. He appeared in three games for the Beavers during the 2014 season, completing 8 of his 18 passes for 141 yards.

His father, Jack, is the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Del Rio will become the Gators' ninth different starter since Tim Tebow left for the 2010 NFL draft. 

"I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I could play, and start," Del Rio said last week. "I didn't come here to sit on the bench." 

[Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2016 3:48pm]


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