Like many of you, I have been a devout Luke Del Rio doubter, thinking he clearly was not the answer at quarterback (especially looking to the future) and he would not see the field this season. But I have now come full circle on Del Rio.
He’s the right guy at the right time to lead this Florida offense.
It has become apparent that the Gators need a quarterback who knows the offense, really knows it inside out, and knows where to go with the football. Del Rio is the only quarterback on campus who fits that description at this time.
Seeing how much the offense changed when Del Rio went into the Kentucky game in the second half was a bit of a revelation. With his experience and knowledge, the offense ran much smoother and quicker and finally found the kind of rhythm that’s been missing. The Gators went up-tempo and not only were the results positive, the offensive players, especially the wide receivers, came away saying this is the way they want to play.
The offense was stagnant so much of the time when Feleipe Franks was the starter. But that’s not his fault. He’s still learning the offense and isn’t capable of going up-tempo like the Gators did once Del Rio took over. As he gains experience, Franks will be able to run the offense with similar rhythm.
Franks is the quarterback of the future.
Del Rio is the quarterback of the present.
My advice is to stop doubting him and get behind him. With Del Rio’s command of the offense, and having more playmakers around him now, the offense has a chance to start moving out of the slump it’s been in since Tim Tebow left.
I think it starts Saturday. I have a feeling that the offense is going to start going up and down the field a little bit and confidence will start to soar finally on that side of the ball. From there, the offense will only get better as long as Del Rio stays healthy (I never thought I’d ever say that, but there it is).
Prediction: Florida 28, Vanderbilt 10