Florida QB Luke Del Rio Out for Season with Shoulder Injury

No. 21 Florida Gators, Vanderbilt Commodores look forward to fresh starts

Score 24 points at Florida and Vanderbilt's defense should be good enough to get the job done. So was that of quarterback Feliepe Franks.

SUBPLOT: Franks is back at quarterback after his benching last week at Kentucky. "And, you know, playing up to the standard", he said. "I'm really proud of the character that he's shown".

Del Rio was scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday, handing the job back to redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks, who started the first three games before being benched in the second half of a win over Kentucky on September 23. He completed seven of 11 attempts for 64 yards and was sacked once.

McElwain referenced former Florida wide out Chris Thompson as an example of how important the special teams unit is to the success of some players. "Yet the guys rallied behind Feleipe". "We talked about our situation, and that what we'll have to do moving forward".

Coach Jim McElwain announced after Saturday's win over Vanderbilt that Del Rio will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Monday, Edgar Thompson of The Orlando Sentinel reports. In the last three games, Cleveland had receptions of 45, 49, 50 and 63 yards. He is one of 11 players in the SEC that has multiple runs of at least 30 yards this season. The Razorbacks finished with a season-high 494 yards of total offense, including 230 on the ground. Then Alabama racked up 59 points and 677 yards at Dudley Field and the shine has clearly come off of Derek Mason's normally sure-tackling crew. "This was a game of attrition". "This game was won and lost in the trenches".

"It definitely hurts a lot, " fellow receiver Josh Hammond said. "Great composure, great energy". Feleipe Franks got the majority of snaps during the spring and started the Gators' season-opener vs. MI and graduate transfer Malik Zaire also saw time in that game.

This is a crushing blow for Del Rio, who had just recaptured the starting job after starting the year third on the depth chart.

Franks guided the Gators on three second-half touchdown drives as he rebounded quickly from his brief demotion. Two defensively minded football teams combined for 52 points and eight touchdowns.

But the Gators don't appear to have another receiver on the roster who can stretch opposing defenses the way Cleveland has this season.

After that play, UF got a little lucky when a Franks' throw down the seam was somewhat short-armed and ricocheted off the fingertips of a Vandy defender and into the hands of Swain about 15 yards downfield at the 7.

"Next man up, that's what I can say", Dawson said.

"You want to play for somebody, and that was one of the people I wanted to play for because he's done nothing but support me and help me the whole time I've been here at Florida", Franks said.

Cleveland, who caught a 63-yard touchdown with no time remaining to beat Tennessee on September 16, has a team-best 15 catches for 326 yards (21.7 yards per catch) and two touchdowns through four games this season.

The freshman Davis went for 124 yards on 17 carries and found the endzone twice. LSU put together a 3-1 run to bring the score to 21-16 but the Tigers only scored once more as Florida took the first set 25-17.

Perine's 13-yard scoring dash gave the Gators a 14-7 advantage with 10:03 remaining in the first half. I think they'll be the first ones to say that. The Commodores attempted an onside kick, which was recovered by UF receiver Dre Massey.

The game turned out to be quite a battle from there. It isn't like you're going to run by them.

"It's hard", McElwain said.

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