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Former Gator QB Luke Del Rio previews showdown with LSU

Former Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio joined 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville to discuss a variety of topics, beginning with his thoughts on the Gators season thus far.

“I’m very pleased with the Gators so far,” Del Rio told 1010XL. “I thought they would have a couple losses, but they only have one in the loss column. I’m a happy fan and former player and I’m absolutely pumped for this weekend’s matchup.”

Del Rio liked what he saw from his former team in last week’s win at Mississippi State.

“I was so impressed with how we played against Mississippi State,” Del Rio said. “The game plan was what was most impressive because I don’t think we really dominated the line of scrimmage except for that defensive. That defensive line that we have right now, looks like a Florida defensive line.”

Del Rio knows a thing or two about playing quarterback at the University of Florida and he was asked to give his opinion on the play of Gators starting quarterback Feleipe Franks.

“I actually wasn’t that impressed with him after the Tennessee game, he had great stats and threw three touchdowns, but he completed 50 percent of his balls and he was around 52 percent on the season until this past week,” Del Rio said. “I just think he has taken a long time to learn that it doesn’t need to be a 50/50 ball every time. There needs to be sometimes when it is 2nd-and-8 and we don’t need to get all eight yards right now. It’s ok if this ball is incomplete if it gives my guy a chance to catch it, but keeps it away from the defender. So, we have seen some growth and maturation that way.

“I am slightly disappointed that they kind of shut the book on this quarterback competition as quickly as they did. I wish they first couple of games would have been Feleipe (Franks) and Kyle (Trask) playing equally throughout and then if Feleipe is playing better, let’s go with him.

“I don’t really feel they gave Kyle a shot. Practice is so much different than games. You don’t know if Kyle is going to get in there and be an absolute gamer. I was disappointed with that but the pro side of that is once you select and you stick with him. He struggles and you stick with him and that gives him so much confidence.”

As for the game this weekend against LSU, Del Rio feels it is going to be tough one for both teams.

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