Florida Gators Quarterback Race Has Frontrunner

    The Florida Gators quarterback battle has a favorite heading into spring practice.

    March 8, 2016

    The Florida Gators quarterback battle has a favorite heading into spring practice.

    If you’re a Florida football fan and a gambler, get ready to place your bets.

    The Gators’ quarterback battle has a favorite, and in his pre-spring press conference, Jim McElwain said that individual is Luke Del Rio.

    “He’s been here, obviously, been learning,” McElwain said of Del Rio. “He and Austin [Appleby] have done an outstanding job together with those two young guys, you know, Feleipe [Franks] and Kyle [Trask].

    Del Rio, son of Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, began his college football career as a walk-on at Alabama before transferring to Oregon State in 2014. He only completed 8-of-18 passes for 141 yards in three games with the Beavers before transferring to Florida in 2015.

    Obviously, Del Rio has the advantage because he’s spent an entire year learning the playbook. Coming out of Valor Christian High School, Del Rio showed an average arm, decent footwork and a bit of an elongated throwing motion in which he dropped his shoulder with a slight wind-up.

    As for Austin Appleby, his career at Purdue was simply up-and-down. He has the arm strength to push the ball down field with a tighter throwing motion, but he’ll have to prove he can make the the throws consistently.

    Florida’s two freshmen are intriguing to say the least. Feleipe Franks is the big-armed, 4-star quarterback with the ability to get out of the pocket and make plays. He has a nice touch on the ball and a tight spiral, but he needs to work on his deep-ball accuracy and throwing with pressure.

    Kyle Trask is the name Gators fans should keep an eye on. His arm is just as strong as the others — if not stronger. He has a calm presence with quality bounce in the pocket, but he’ll need to pick up the playbook in a hurry in order to make a dent.

    The race should be interesting this spring, but as of right now Del Rio has a head start.

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