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Gators’ Luke Del Rio looks to cut down on turnovers in bye week

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The lack of an opponent is no reason for the lack of progress. Which is why Luke Del Rio, Gator quarterback, is looking to improve his game this week.

Del Rio had missed the previous two games, and showed some rust in his return against Missouri. He threw three interceptions and others that could have been picked off.

“I played terrible,” Del Rio told the Gainesville Sun. “I didn’t take care of the ball. It’s my responsibility to take care of the ball.”

Del Rio is 96th in the country in passing yardage.

“I thought Luke was a little off today, obviously,” Florida coach Jim McElwain said. “(He) missed a couple reads. The turnovers were something that we’ve got to get corrected.”

Del Rio said he needs to do a better job in the coming weeks when the Gators play Georgia and FSU.

“I think I need to do a better job at leading guys and maintaining positivity even when things do go wrong,” Del Rio said, “and it’s not easy but this is the reality of it. We can either sulk or you can say ‘OK, we’re going to get the next play.’”

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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