Florida Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio out this week against South Carolina
GAINESVILLE - Florida Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio will be out "a while" with an injured shoulder, coach Jim McElwain said Monday.
McElwain said Del Rio hurt the shoulder in the second quarter of Saturday's 31-10 loss at Arkansas. UF didn't know the severity of the injury until after the game. Del Rio had his shoulder iced during his postgame interview.
Del Rio has an MRI scheduled today, and UF does not yet know the extent of the injury or how long he will be out.
"It's bad, man," McElwain said. "When you can't lift your duffel bag up, chances are something's hurt."
Austin Appleby, a grad transfer from Purdue, will get the first reps in practice today with Del Rio out. Appleby started both games earlier this season when Del Rio was out with a knee injury.
McElwain said the competition will be open at quarterback. He hasn't ruled out starting one of his true freshmen, Kyle Trask or Feleipe Franks, even though it would mean burning a redshirt with three regular-season games remaining.
UF considered benching Del Rio Saturday. In retrospect, McElwain said, the Gators should have because Del Rio was not 100 percent.
"Sometimes you have to be honest," McElwain said. "He was banaged up. Played that way."
In other injuries news, starting linebacker Alex Anzalone will be out after having surgery today to repair a broken arm. Starting center Cam Dillard will be out, too. Linebacker Jarrad Davis (ankle) is probably out, too. Defensive lineman CeCe Jefferson (foot) is questionable, and freshman receiver Tyrie Cleveland (leg) is "highly questionable."