Florida is dealing with a rash of injuries along their defensive line but may be getting some good news on the offensive side of the ball this week ahead of their rivalry clash against LSU.
Specifically that comes in the form of their starting quarterback possibly being ready to play against the Tigers.
“Luke Del Rio, he’ll go some today, more tomorrow and Wednesday, and we’ll see exactly where and how much that swells, where the pain is and where the stability is,” head coach Jim McElwain said in a press conference on Monday. “He’ll get some reps with the ones, obviously Austin (Appleby) will and that will be something we’ll decide later in the week.”
Del Rio was the Gators starter under center before suffering a sprained knee against North Texas. He missed the past two games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt but did travel and dress out both times. Appleby has started in his place the past two weeks, throwing for three scores and an interception against the Vols but failing to get much going offensively in a narrow win over the Commodores.
On the defensive side, things don’t look great for the Gators. Defensive tackle Joey Ivie (thumb), end Jordan Sherit (knee surgery) are both expected to miss this week’s game against LSU, while tackle Caleb Brantley (thumb) and end Bryan Cox Jr.’s statuses are up in the air after seeing only limited action last Saturday.
While the return of Del Rio will provide a nice boost, the Gators being without virtually their entire starting defensive line is probably not what the doctor ordered in a game featuring LSU tailbacks Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, the latter of whom was named SEC Back of the Week on Monday.