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Florida vs. Missouri: Luke Del Rio to start against Tigers

Jim McElwain made it official on Wednesday.

North Texas v Florida Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Florida will have its starting quarterback at starting quarterback on Saturday against Missouri. Gators coach Jim McElwain announced the news on Wednesday during the weekly teleconference featuring the SEC’s coaches.

Del Rio started Florida’s first three games in 2016 before sustaining a knee injury in the second half of the Gators’ win over North Texas. Del Rio’s injury, reportedly a sprained MCL, was expected to sideline him for Florida’s games at Tennessee and Vanderbilt, but he was also expected to be able to return for last Saturday’s scheduled game against LSU. Last Monday, Florida listed Del Rio as a co-starter with backup Austin Appleby on its depth chart.

This Monday, that recurred — but few expected Appleby to get the start, although Appleby himself was under the impression that he might as of early Monday afternoon.

Florida was 3-0 in Del Rio’s starts, and 1-1 under Appleby. Del Rio has thrown for 762 yards and six touchdowns against two interceptions on the season, while Appleby produced 470 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in his stead.