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Luke Del Rio talks Florida Gators quarterback battle



Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier have both said that redshirt sophomore Luke Del Rio holds an edge in the four-way battle for the starting quarterback job. He knows the system, and the coaches know him, so that makes sense, as I wrote in today's Tampa Bay Times.

But Del Rio isn't assuming that the starting job will be his.

"I think it's an open competition," Del Rio said after practice Wednesday. "We're all competing for the job. We're all doing everything we can do in our power to earn the starting job. I've been here, but I don't think that makes me above or No. 1 right now. I have to earn it."

Del Rio said he has been impressed with the Gators' two early enrollees, Kyle Trask and Feleipe Franks.

"They're very, very arm talented," Del Rio said. "They're obviously really big guys. Kyle had a really unique situation in high school, and he took full advantage of it. He can spin the ball. And Feleipe, you can tell why he was so highly rated. He's mobile. He's big. He's got a cannon of an arm. They're learning, and they're doing a really good job."


[Last modified: Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:05pm]


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