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Chomping at Bits: Florida quarterback Austin Appleby preparing to lead Gators’ offense

Appleby figures to be the next man up for the Gators.

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Florida preps for adjustment at quarterback: With Luke Del Rio sidelined with a knee injury, Austin Appleby faces a tough road start at Tennessee. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel; Scott Carter, Florida Gators; Ryan Young, SEC Country; Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald)

Appleby spoke after the game about potentially taking over the offense:

“I’ve come to the University of Florida to play. That’s ultimately why I chose to come here. I want to be part of something special. I don’t think you ever want to be someone’s caddie. You want to be the guy that’s got the ball in his hands. I’m excited about my opportunity. It breaks my heart that it had to come by an injury.”

Running back committee more important than ever: With the quarterback situation uncertain, the Gators are likely to lean on their ground game. Florida had four different RBs rush for a touchdown Saturday for the first time since 2003. (Alex Peterman, Florida Gators; Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Defense good enough to carry Gators again: Florida’s defense has been dominating and put up some incredible statistics. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Teez Tabor talks Tennessee: Tabor talked about the Vols during his post-game interview. Tabor won’t be speaking to the media this week ahead of Florida’s trip to Knoxville. I do enjoy how much gets made about every time Tabor predicts a 12th win over the Volunteers, and loved that his response this time was essentially asking why he would go into a game thinking that Florida was going to lose. (Garry Smits, Florida Times Union)

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