On Monday, head coach Jim McElwain officially ruled Del Rio out for the team's upcoming game. Florida offensive guard Tyler Jordan will miss a second straight game as he recovers from eye surgery, and receiver Antonio Callaway is questionable after missing the North Texas game with a quadriceps injury.
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Nine of the past 11 years, the Tennessee-Florida football game was played on the season's third Saturday, and the annual rivalry clash will return to its normal weekend in 2017.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida quarterback Austin Appleby has starting experience, even in hostile environments.
"Yeah, he's got a bum leg and he should be back sometime", McElwain said.
"We know as a team, when one guy goes down, coach (Butch) Jones talks about it all the time, that you've got to step up to the plate", Tennessee defensive end Corey Vereen said. That's the fewest yards allowed in a game in school history. Del Rio limped gingerly back to the locker room. So the 19th-ranked Gators might not need Appleby to do too much at No. 14 Tennessee on Saturday.
"When you see something like that, it's my responsibility when their parents aren't here to be their parents", McElwain said. "I care about these kids".
"I'm sure it's one of those games they are zeroed in on since a year ago in The Swamp", he said of the miracle come-from-behind win by the gators.
NORTH TEXAS: Coach Seth Littrell, a former offensive assistant at Arizona, Indiana and North Carolina, is trying to change the culture at North Texas. So that rotation in the O-line will stay about the same as we did last week, but I thought those guys battled their tail off and took some pride in it.
The whole key to the body bag game for UNT is to get the money and get out of town without having half the team broken in half.
"It got a little gritty after that went down", Florida left tackle David Sharpe said. Del Rio completed over 60 percent of his passes along with six touchdowns and two interceptions in three starts. Sep. As a graduate transfer, he was eligible to play right away. I don't think you ever want to be someone's caddie.
You'll remember that Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor carried the ball 50 times for 389 yards in a 38-20 upset win against Georgia in 2014.
"No bad blood at the end at all", he said. (By the way, Kentucky's defense gave up 500 yards Saturday to New Mexico State, so maybe it was more about the Wildcats than it was about Florida).
Tyler Murphy replaced an injured Jeff Driskel in 2013 with Florida trailing 7-0 and threw for one touchdown and ran for another score to spark the Gators to a 31-17 victory.
Callaway has 13 catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns in two games.
Florida entered the game ranked second in the nation in total defense. In a week, North Texas travels to Rice for what may well be a deciding factor in who lands in last place in CUSA West.
This should be a cakewalk for the Gators, who could possibly hang a 60-spot on the Mean Green.