GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Last week, Florida coach Jim McElwain revealed a starting quarterback would be in place after the second scrimmage.
Prior to that scrimmage Friday, McElwain said he decided a starter needed to be named beforehand.
“Going into this scrimmage we just felt it was time to make this move,” McElwain said.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio earned the starting job Thursday after beating out graduate transfer Austin Appleby in fall camp. Del Rio had the edge over Appleby coming out of spring football and maintained his lead throughout the practices this month.
“We talked about consistent movement in different situations and the response of maybe some of the people around that position,” Del Rio said. “Luke’s command on everything we’re trying to do has been good. Now, he’s made some mistakes.
“He knows that this is by no means, ‘Now I have it and it’s there for good.’ There’s constant competition going on as there is in a lot of the spots. He’s done a heck of a job. I’m excited to roll him out there.”
Del Rio will make his first career start in Florida’s season opener on Sept. 3 against UMass.
Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.