Sophomore Luke Del Rio will open the season as Florida’s starting quarterback. Gators coach Jim McElwain made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
“Luke is going to work as the starter the rest of camp and start in the season opener barring any unforeseen development,” McElwain said on floridagators.com, the school’s athletic department website. “Our other quarterbacks remain in the plans and are ready to move forward and help the Gators any way they can.”
The move was expected. Del Rio – who began his career at Alabama, moved on to Oregon State and then to UF – played well during spring practice and in the spring game, and went into fall camp atop the depth chart.
Since Tim Tebow graduated after the 2009 season, Florida has had at least two starting qurterbacks each season -- eight different starters in all (John Brantley, Jacoby Brissett, Trey Burton, Jeff Driskel, Will Grier, Treon Harris, Skyler Mornhinwheg and Tyler Murphy).
Del Rio beat out Austin Appleby, a graduate transfer from Purdue, for the starting job. The other two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster are freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask.
Del Rio is the son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.
Five SEC teams have yet to name a starting quarterback: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
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