Florida redshirt sophomore Luke Del Rio has been named the starting quarterback for the Gators’ season opener against UMass.
Del Rio beat out fifth-year senior Austin Appleby.
“Luke is going to work as the starter the rest of camp and start in the season opener barring any unforeseen development,” McElwain said in a release by the school. “Our other quarterbacks remain in the plans and are ready to move forward and help the Gators any way they can.”
This is Del Rio’s third program during his collegiate career. He started as a walk-on at Alabama before transferring to Oregon State. At Oregon State he played in three games in 2014 and completed 8 of 18 passes for 141. He opted to transfer following coach Mike Riley’s departure to Nebraska.
Del Rio will be called upon to help fix an offense that was one of the nation’s worst a year ago. The Gators ranked 111th in total offense with just 334 yards per game and 100th nationally in scoring offense with just 23.2 points per game. It also averaged just 207.1 yards in the air.
Del Rio, who is the son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, passed for 2,275 yards, 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions as a high school senior at Valor Christian (Colo.) High.
Quarterback has been one of the most inconsistent positions for the Gators as six players who started at the position have transferred since 2011.
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