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Luke Del Rio could return to Gators — if he has a snorkel

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So how does Luke Del Rio feel about a little rain?

Del Rio, the University of Florida quarterback, has missed two straight games with a knee injury. While he has been hurt, backup Austin Appleby has gone 1-1. His best play was in the first half against Tennessee.

But the Gators were more cohesive with Del Rio. And, against LSU, they’ll need all the cohesion they can muster.

“After (Tuesday’s) practice, which was pretty extensive, there was some stiffness and obviously there was going to be some this morning,” coach Jim McElwain said. “He got back on the horse today and I thought looked pretty good, moving and sidestepping and doing some of the things in the move-the-pocket stuff that we need to do to be successful.

“We’ll find out really there again how it reacts tomorrow, so nothing definitive there. He’ll be prepared to play, so will Austin, so will Kyle (Trask), so will Feleipe (Franks). So whatever direction we have to go, we’ll go that way. He’s obviously a step ahead of where he was last week.”

The game will still be in Gainesville despite the threats of Hurricane Matthew, although the game has been moved back to 3 p.m.

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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