GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A pair of Florida starters who haven’t played since the Arkansas game could return for the Outback Bowl against Iowa.
On Monday, UF coach Jim McElwain said linebacker Alex Anzalone (arm) is back at practice and quarterback Luke Del Rio (shoulder) should return after the team’s holiday break.
“He actually went out and did some things at practice,” McElwain said of Anzalone. “Beat some bags up the other day, which was good to see.”
Anzalone broke his arm at Arkansas on Nov. 5 and has missed the last four games. He was second on the team in tackles (53) prior to his injury.
Del Rio hurt his shoulder against the Razorbacks but played through the injury, suffering his first loss as Florida’s starting quarterback (5-1 record). He also hasn’t played since then, but was dressed against Florida State and Alabama.
McElwain expects Del Rio to practice with the team after the Gators arrive in Tampa on Dec. 27.
“He should be able to throw, I’m hoping, when we get down there,” McElwain said of Del Rio. “He’s been doing the footwork stuff and that kind of thing with us. But (by) all indications, he should be ready to throw after Christmas.”
McElwain already has named Austin Appleby the starting quarterback for the Outback Bowl. Anzalone’s status for the game is still to be determined.
“Time will tell there,” McElwain said. “We’ll know more when we get back (from break) and get down there. We got a couple days of padded practices here coming up. He won’t be in any contact stuff, but he did do some (skeleton) work and did some individual work.”