Florida fans were surely hoping to see Luke Del Rio come back from his knee injury this week against Vanderbilt, but that won’t be the case as the school announced he is “highly doubtful” to play this week. Del Rio suffered the injury against North Texas two weeks ago when a defender hit him low around the knee and he staggered off the field.
Appleby took over starting duties against Tennessee and while the Gators ultimately lost the game 38-28, the quarterbacking was not the issue. The defense gave up way too many big plays in the second half and Appleby actually looked pretty good. He connected on 23-0f-39 passing attempts for 296 yards and three touchdowns against one interception.
He will be facing a defense in Vanderbilt that gives up over 26 points and about 275 passing yards a game — that’s worst in the conference — so he should have another solid outing assuming the play calling doesn’t get conservative again during this game.