Luke Del Rio to forgo final year of eligibility

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Luke Del Rio’s football career appears to be over.

Del Rio, a fifth year senior and two time transfer quarterback from Alabama and Oregon State, will participate in the Gators’ Senior Day ceremonies this Saturday against FSU. He will not bother pursuing a sixth year of eligibility.

Del Rio has been plagued by injuries since coming to Florida. He was knocked out out last year’s North Texas game on a low hit by UNT’s Josh Wheeler, after he which he missed almost a month of action. He then injured his shoulder in early November of last year against Georgia, and for some reason someone decided it would be a good idea for him to play against Arkansas with it. That shelved him for the remainder of the year.

And after coming off the bench to rescue the Gators against Kentucky this year, he was knocked out of the Vanderbilt game and for the year with another shoulder injury.

Making things bleaker for his personal playing prospects, Florida’s quarterback competition next year will feature a pair of newcomers in true freshman Matt Corral and a newly un-redshirted Jake Allen along with Feleipe Franks, who already beat him out this past offseason. Combine the endless barrage of injuries he’s sustained with the crowded QB depth chart next year and Del Rio evidently decided that it just wasn’t worth it.

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