GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain met with the media to discuss the Gators’ lopsided win over North Texas and, more importantly, to comment on injured quarterback Luke Del Rio.
Del Rio was knocked from the game late in the third quarter on a low hit by North Texas defensive end Joshua Wheeler, who was penalized for roughing the passer.
Here were the highlights from McElwain’s news conference:
- “It’s a good win, not a great win. I think there were some really great things obviously in that game — our defense only giving up half a hund(red). That’s really impressive. … We produced some things on offense, but we have to put points on the board when were in the red zone.”
- “Luke is getting his leg looked at right now. It doesn’t look great, so you know what, we’ll do whatever. Somebody else will play, we’ll get some guys ready and go play next week.”
- “I obviously took that low hit on Luke awful personal. I told him after the ballgame I’m sure his guy was just scrambling trying to make a play, but I really care about these players. I care about them more than just as football players, and when you see something like that … it’s my responsibility (to stand up for them).”
- “No bad blood there at the end at all. I’m sure, like I said, their guy was probably just trying to make a play. They’ve been called on it a couple times in previous games, but it’s not something they coach, I know that.”
- On the defense: “Our guys are starting to understand it’s more than just the practice on the field. It’s the cerebral practice it takes in knowing your opponent.”
- On whether Florida leans more on running game now: “We’ll play-action, we’ll throw it deep. All our guys have got good arms and we’ll stretch the field. The plan doesn’t change. We’ll do what we need to do to get some guys downfield.”
- On Martez Ivey’s ejection: “It’s one of those deals that, lets face it, that penalty probably was mine. I get how it is. They have to control the game. I’m sure he did it, but there’s probably some make-up calls every now and then too. We’ll see it on film.”