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Finally, Florida names Luke Del Rio its starting quarterback

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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.


Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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