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Transfer Luke Del Rio shines, leads Blue to win in Spring game

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As of now, Will Grier is West Virgina’s. Treon Harris is yesterday’s.

And hello, Luke Del Rio.

Yes, it was only a spring game, but Del Rio did a lot to calm the nerves of the Florida faithful Friday night. Del Rio hit 10 of 11 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns to lead his Blue team to a 44-6 victory over the Orange.

Austin Appleby hit six of eight passes for the Orange for 44 yards (and two of three for 36 yards for the Blue) in a backup role.

Freshman Feleipe Franks threw three interceptions for the Orange team.

Nickleback Duke Dawson had two interceptions, returning them for 50 yards and a touchdown, and linebacker Kylan Johnson had eight tackles.

Del Rio threw touchdowns of 15 yards to DeAndre Goolsby and 19 yards to Dre Massey.

“Any time you do something like this, any scrimmage you have, when one team does good, there’s something on the other side the needs fixed,” Florida coach Jim McElwain said. “Early in the spring, he was trying to press and I thought was somewhat out of character of how he has to play to be successufl. [This game], he did a good job of sliding in the pocket and taking his eyes where he needed to with the pressure. I thought he was pretty good.”

Another bright spot for Flordia? Freshman kicker Eddy Pineiro went 3-for-5 on field-goal attempts, hitting kicks from 52, 46 and 56 yards out, with his lone misses coming from 54 and 52.

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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