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Chomping at Bits: Jim McElwain, Luke Del Rio discuss Del Rio’s first start

McElwain says Del Rio played “pretty darn good” but noted room for improvement.

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Luke Del Rio’s first collegiate start: Del Rio knows that the offense needs to finish drives. Jim McElwain noted that Del Rio might have been a little anxious in his first start. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel; Ryan Young, SEC Country; Patrick Pinak, Florida Times Union)

Jim McElwain says Gators have to “grow up and grow up soon”: Florida opens SEC play against Kentucky on Saturday. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Lackluster offensive line play: Jim McElwain criticized the line’s lack of energy. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

No separation at running back: Despite Jordan Scarlett’s impressive showing in the opener, Jim McElwain indicated that no lead back has emerged. Also noted was that Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier was on the field for Saturday’s game, rather than in the coaches’ box as he was last season. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Florida’s defense was rusty early: Jim McElwain categorized the play of the defense as “very average” and linebacker Jarrad Davis noted that the Gators made mistakes and put themselves in bad situations. (Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel)

Dre Massey out for the year: Jim McElwain called the promising player’s absence a “big loss.” (Scott Carter, Florida Gators; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

The Atlanta Falcons mic’ed up former Gator Brian Poole for their preseason finale:

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