Del Rio Injuries Knee
Florida Gators’ QB, Luke Del Rio took a low shot to his legs, in the middle of the third quarter with what appears to be a left knee injury. Luke Del Rio was able to walk off the field, under his own power, with a slight limp due to left knee injury. The status of Luke Del Rio’s injury is unknown and the Gators are hoping for the best. The Gators did win Saturday night 32-0 versus the Mean Green. The Florida defense dominated all game long, which allowed a school-record of 53 total yards on 50 plays for the Mean Green.
Biggest story on this game is the injury of QB Luke Del Rio and the severity of his left leg injury. Outside of that, the Gators ran the football with a lot of success, using all four of their running backs. The Gators rushed 43 times for 255 yards and four touchdowns by four different running backs. Mark Thompson had 11 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Scarlett had 11 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown. Lamical Perine had 11 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown. Lastly, Jordan Cronkrite had 9 carries for 46 yards and a touchdown. (Talk about a balanced running game)
Antonio Callaway was out with a quad injury but, is expected to be 100% for Tennessee next Saturday. Josh Hammond was the most noticeable wide receiver with 2 catches for 72 yards. The O-line continues to make progress, as they were able to run the ball successfully and allowed no sacks on the day. Graduate transfer, Austin Appleby, replaced Del Rio after he was injured. Appleby went 2/4 for 30 yards and rushed for 5 yards.
Gators Defense Very Impressive
The Gators defense way just way too much for North Texas to handle. North Texas had a total of 53 yards out of 50 plays in the entire night. That breaks a school-record for the Florida Gators’ defense. Previous low was 59 yards by Western Carolina in 2006. The Gators also had the most sacks (7) they have had since 1999. Redshirt-freshman, Jabari Zuniga, had 2 sacks on the day which brings his total up to four sacks this season. Senior linebacker, Jarrad Davis, had 1.5 sacks on the day as he shared a sack with junior defensive end, Joey Ivie. Senior safety, Marcus Maye, also had a sack of his own. True freshman, Jachai Polite, also added a sack to his sack total. Senior defensive tackle, Caleb Brantley, had his first sack of the season. Lastly, junior free safety, Marcell Harris, had his first interception on the season.
The Gators probably go into next week at Tennessee without Luke Del Rio. Austin Appleby is expected to be named the starting quarterback for the Florida Gators. This will be Florida’s first away game this season. The Florida-Tennessee game means a whole lot on both sides. Tennessee has not beaten the Gators in eleven years. Florida Gators would like to extend that streak to 12 and they will definitely play with a chip on their shoulder, if Luke Del Rio is not available to play. The Florida Gators will take on the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville, Tennessee at 3:30pm on CBS. Go Gators and prayers go out to Luke Del Rio’s quick recovery.