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Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio to undergo surgery on his shoulder

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Did Luke Del Rio just give his competition the edge they need to take his job?

Del Rio, a quarterback for the Florida Gators, announced Tuesday that he will undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder. Del Rio had already been announced as out for spring practice.

That leaves the Gators’ job, at least temporarily, in the hands of Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask. Freshman Jake Allen is expected to join the race in the summer.

Del Rio was 5-1 for the Gators last fall.

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