Former Florida starting quarterback Luke Del Rio has been elevated to the No. 2 spot ahead Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire, who played most of the second half in the loss to Michigan in the opener.
“You know, (Del Rio) is healthy,” McElwain said. “That’s a big thing. He’s back. He’s healthy. That doesn’t mean Malik is buried down at the bottom. There’s things that are ready for him as well and so we’re prepared for whatever may move forward.”
Even though they’re watching Feleipe Franks instead of playing, Del Rio and Zaire are keeping their heads in the game and preparing like they are starting, McElwain said.
“(Zaire) is working, Luke’s working hard,” McElwain said. “Like I said, that’s a good room. Those guys all came here to play, there’s no doubt about it. And yet, there’s one guy out there at a time. So it’s how you chose to deal with it and those guys are, both of them, doing great, studying the game plan, knowing the game plan, and they’re going to be prepared if that time comes.
“(Everyone wants to play). The key is is how you deal with that. And (Zaire’s) dealing with it like a pro. He’s doing a good job.”
In practice this week, Zaire is playing the role of Kentucky QB Stephen Johnson, also a multi-dimensional threat, to prepare the UF defense for what it will see Saturday, McElwain said.