GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio is listed as ‘highly doubtful’ for Saturday, but he’s still practicing this week.
UF coach Jim McElwain said Del Rio (knee sprain) returns to practice Wednesday after being held out on Tuesday.
“He’ll actually throw some skelly (pass skeleton), some routes on air and probably two of the different team periods,” McElwain said on the SEC coaches teleconference. “We’ll just take a look and see how it goes and how he kind of responds from there.”
Del Rio was injured late in the third quarter against North Texas and sat out at Tennessee, though he dressed for the game and was involved in practice during the week. McElwain said Monday he wouldn’t count out Del Rio for the Vanderbilt game, but backup quarterback Austin Appleby is expected to make his second straight start.
Appleby threw for 296 yards on 23 of 39 passing with three touchdowns and one interception in Florida’s 38-28 loss to Tennessee. The graduate transfer is hoping to make his case Saturday to remain in the starting lineup.
“I would like to at least put some pressure on and be the quarterback for this team I think I am,” Appleby said Monday. “I didn’t come here not to be. But again, that’s a question for Coach Mac and hopefully my play takes care of itself.”