[UPDATE]: According to a report from Robbie Andreu of the Gainsville Sun, Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio has sustained a sprained MCL and is expected to miss at least the next two to four weeks:
Have confirmed that Del Rio has a sprained MCL. Probably out for two to four weeks.
— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) September 18, 2016
The Florida Gators may have taken care of business at home in the Swamp during their 32-0 victory over North Texas, in which the team allowed the fewest yards in school history, allowing the Mean Green offense just 53 total yards. But as they head into next week’s vital showdown with the rival Tennessee Volunteers, head coach Jim McElwain acknowledged that the Gators will “probably be missing” quarterback Luke Del Rio for the game.
Prior to leaving the game on Saturday night, the sophomore quarterback had his worst game of the season, going 14-for-25 for 186 yards with one interception. On the season, he’s thrown for 762 yards and six touchdowns, including a 320-yard and four touchdown performance against Kentucky in Week 2 during the team’s 45-7 dismantling of the Wildcats.
The son of Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, Luke has already played for three separate college teams and he’s still only a redshirt sophomore. He walked on with the Alabama Crimson Tide (which doesn’t seem like an expeditious way to acquire playing time), before transferring out to Oregon State where he backed up Los Angeles Rams quarterback Sean Mannion. He then transferred to Florida, where he won the starting job.
Taking over the reins next week against Tennessee will be Austin Appleby, who lost out on the starting job to Del Rio. Having started 11 games over three years with Purdue, Appleby is another Gator transfer who will play a key role in the matchup with the Volunteers as Florida is looking for their 12th win in a row against their arch nemesis.