GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s Luke Del Rio could return this Saturday against LSU.
And he expects to.
Gators coach Jim McElwain said his starting quarterback will practice this week and his status for the game will be determined on Thursday. Del Rio has missed the last two weeks with a knee sprain.
“Luke Del Rio, he’ll go some today, he’ll go more tomorrow and Wednesday, we’ll see exactly where and how much that swells, where the pain is and where the stability is,” McElwain said Monday. “He’ll get some reps with the ones, obviously Austin (Appleby) will and that will be something we’ll decide later in the week.
“This is something I know Luke had been targeting a little bit, so his mindset is he’s going to play. That’s good, that’s what you want, but know this, I won’t put him out there (if he’s not ready). I’m just not going to do it, so we’ll know more at the end of the week.”
Del Rio led the Gators to a 3-0 start and threw for 762 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. His 320 passing yards against Kentucky were the most by a UF quarterback in an SEC game since 2004.
Appleby has thrown for 440 yards in his two starts with three touchdowns and one pick. He and Del Rio have both completed 61 percent of their passes this season.