Gators hand over reins to Luke Del Rio: 'We just needed a jump start.'
When the Gators were faced with a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter, it was quarterback Luke Del Rio who came up with the comeback win.
Florida head coach Jim McElwain discussed the decision to swap out Feleipe Franks for Del Rio, saying "We just needed a jump start. Maybe not all cylinders were hitting. I think he came in and gave us that boost."
That boost resulted in a close 28-27 victory over Kentucky, and 31 straight wins against the program. Players spoke of Del Rio's ability to lead an offense and had nothing but praise for the veteran quarterback.
"He's been in this offense for, you know, everybody knows for how long," said offensive lineman T.J. McCoy. "When I got here he was in this offense and he did a really good job of making the calls. I feel like both QB's do a great job of making calls and kind of communicating, but it's always good to have Luke Del Rio in there. Have that upperclassman, that senior experience in there with us. I feel like he kind of kept some of the young guys at bay and kind of calmed them down a little bit while we were in a tough game, a close game."
"He's a vet," said wide receiver Brandon Powell. "He's been here. He was seven and one before, you know, he got hurt. He knows the offense, he knows where to go with the ball. It showed. He helped us win the game."