It was either the worst-kept secret in the world or the world’s slowest announcement.
Either way, Luke Del Rio is the man in charge of the Florida Gators’ offense.
Del Rio, a redshirt sophomore, had spent more time than anyone running with the ones, and he did the most damage in the spring game. Even new consultant Steve Spurrier said the job belonged to Del Rio, the son of the Oakland Raiders’ coach.
Finally, Jim McElwain has joined the chorus and announced Del Rio will start for the Gators, at least when the team plays UMass in its opener.
“Luke is going to work as the starter the rest of camp and start in the season opener barring any unforeseen development,” McElwain said. “Our other quarterbacks remain in the plans and are ready to move forward and help the Gators any way they can.”
Del Rio, a two-time transfer (Alabama and Oregon State), beat out Austin Appleby for the starting spot. He was 10 of 11 for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the Florida spring game.
Del Rio will hope to provide stability for the Gators, who have seen six quarterbacks who have started transfer since 2011.