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Gators prepare for Tennessee with Austin Appleby at quarterback

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The Florida Gators are attempting to move on behind a new quarterback.

With quarterback Luke Del Rio out after injuring a knee against North Texas, the Gators will turn to transfer Austin Appleby to take on rival Tennessee.

Appleby, a more mobile quarterback than Del Rio. On the other hand, he is more prone to turnovers. In 17 games at Purdue, Appleby threw 19 interceptions.

A Tennessee fan has started a fund for Appleby’s “funeral.” Fairly amusing, until you remember Florida has an 11-game winning streak.

Del Rio had played well before being injured.

“He’s got a bum leg,” said Florida coach Jim McElwain. “He should be back sometime. I don’t know when. I’m not going to rush him back. I feel horrible for him, especially ow it happened.”

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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