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Florida fans look to new quarterback possibilities in spring game

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There are other positions being contested.

Defensive linemen and running backs and offensive linemen and receivers and defensive backs. In all of them, players will try to gain the notice of head coach Jim McElwain.

It’s just that quarterback will be the main one for fans of the Florida Gators.

Florida, a school where the great quarterbacks have gained the most notice, will try once again to establish one that can make a mark. That will start with transfer Luke Del Rio, son of the Raiders’ head coach. Del Rio, who started at Alabama and then moved to Oregon State, will try to separate himself from others.

Still, Purdue transfer Austin Appelby and freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask are also in the mix.

“It’s an open competition,” Del Rio said. “We’re all doing everything we can to earn the starting job I’ve been here, but I don’t think that makes me No. 1 right now. I have to earn it.”

Florida’s passing attack ranked only 87th in the nation last year.

Game time is 7 p.m. Friday.

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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