No. 19 Florida QB Del Rio ruled out vs 14th-ranked Tennessee

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio will miss Saturday’s game at No. 14 Tennessee because of a knee injury.

Coach Jim McElwain officially ruled Del Rio out Monday, saying he won’t play against the Volunteers (3-0) and could miss more time. The injury forces the 19th-ranked Gators (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) to turn to former Purdue starter Austin Appleby as they begin a stretch of seven consecutive league games.

Del Rio injured his left knee Saturday on a low hit by North Texas defensive end Josh Wheeler, who was flagged for a personal foul. McElwain, who clearly thought the play was dirty, screamed at the Mean Green sideline and had to be restrained by officials and then his players.

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