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Florida’s Luke Del Rio wins Sunshine State award after beating Kentucky

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It didn’t  take long for Luke Del Rio to show the University of Florida faithful that he’s someone to believe in.

Del Rio, a transfer from Alabama through Oregon State, has lit it up through two games for the Gators. He’s thrown for 576 yards and six touchdowns, and led Florida to a 2-0 start.

If nothing else, Del Rio has proven he won’t be the weak link to Florida’s offense.

For that start, Del Rio has been named the Sunshine State Player of the Week, a weekly award named by

Against SEC opponent Kentucky, Del Rio hit 19 of 32 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns, as the Gators beat Kentucky for the 30th consecutive time.

Others considered for the award were quarterback Quinton Flowers of the University of South Florida (350 yards passing), Darius Tice of USF (120 yards rushing), Deondre Francois of Florida State University (262 yards passing), Travis Rudolph of FSU (105 yards receiving), Alex Gardner of Florida International University (109 yards rushing). Kalib Woods of Florida Atlantic University (129 yards receiving), Mark Walton of the University of Miami (155 yards), Joe Yearby of Miami (121 yards rushing), and Antonio Callaway of Florida (129 yards receiving).

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 [email protected]

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