GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain offered a final update on injured quarterback Luke Del Rio during his weekly appearance on “Gator Talk” on Thursday night inside Piesanos Pints & Pies.
Redshirt-senior Austin Appleby will make his second straight start at quarterback for the No. 23 Gators on Saturday at Vanderbilt, but Del Rio will make the trip and be able in an emergency situation.
The redshirt-sophomore returned to practice Wednesday and has progressed rather quickly from the knee injury he sustained two weekends ago against North Texas.
“He’s gotten a lot better. It’s not anywhere near as sore as it was as week ago,” McElwain said. “Obviously, we’ll take him with us. He’ll be kind of in that emergency role, but actually looked pretty darn good today in practice the little bit that he was able to get out there.”
McElwain also said sophomore right guard Tyler Jordan got cleared Thursday to return from the unspecified eye injury that cost him the last two games.
“(He) took some snaps in our two-minute drill at the end, worked on air this week mostly, but it will be good having him back, there again, in kind of that emergency role. So we will take him on the trip,” McElwain said.
Senior wide receiver Chris Thompson, who has more of a role on special teams, is also set to return from a hamstring injury.
“That really hurt us in the cover game,” McElwain said of missing Thompson.