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Luke Del Rio
No.
Quarterback
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Date of birth: (1994-11-06) November 6, 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: [convert: invalid number]
Career history
High school: Valor Christian
(Highlands Ranch, Colorado)
 College(s):
*Alabama (2013)
Bowl games
*2017 Outback Bowl
Career highlights and awards

Luke Del Rio (born November 6, 1994) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at the University of Alabama, Oregon State University, and the University of Florida.

Early yearsEdit

Del Rio was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota while his father, Jack Del Rio, was playing for the Minnesota Vikings. He attended Episcopal School of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida while his father was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and transferred to Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado for his senior year in 2012 after his father was hired by the Denver Broncos.[1] Del Rio passed for 2,275 yards with 28 touchdowns in his senior year.

College careerEdit

Del Rio joined the University of Alabama as a walk-on in 2013.[2] After redshirting that season, he transferred to Oregon State University for 2014.[3] He appeared in three games that season as a backup to Sean Mannion, completing 8 of 18 passes for 141 yards. After the season, he transferred to the University of Florida.[4][5] According to a university spokesperson, Del Rio was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA in 2015. The extra year made him a redshirt sophomore for the 2016 season.[6]

After sitting out 2015 due to transfer rules, Del Rio was named the starting quarterback for Florida in 2016.[7] In the third game of the year against North Texas, Del Rio suffered a knee injury on a blindside hit, which forced Del Rio to miss the next two games. He had also suffered an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder earlier in the North Texas game, which hampered his play when he returned from injury. Del Rio returned from injury to play against Missouri on October 15. A week later in a game against Georgia, he suffered a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. After struggling in a 31–10 loss against Arkansas on November 5, Del Rio was finally shutdown for the season due to injuries. After undergoing surgery on both shoulders, he was sidelined for all of spring practice in 2017.[8][9]

Del Rio began the 2017 season behind starter Feleipe Franks and top backup Malik Zaire. With the offense struggling against Kentucky, Del Rio came off the bench and led the Gators to a comeback victory. As a result, Del Rio was named the starting quarterback the following week against Vanderbilt. In the second quarter, Del Rio suffered a broken collarbone and was ruled out for the rest of the season.[10] Del Rio had been granted a sixth year of eligibility and therefore had one year of eligibility remaining. However, on November 22, 2017, Del Rio announced that he would be forgoing his final year of eligibility and would not be resuming his college football career.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Jack Del Rio, played and coached in the National Football League (NFL).[12][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Jack and Luke Del Rio make football a father-son business
  2. QB Luke Del Rio to walk on at Alabama
  3. Report: Luke Del Rio opens up about departure from Alabama, says he saw 'writing on the wall'
  4. QB Luke Del Rio takes circuitous route to Florida Gators
  5. UF quarterback Luke Del Rio finally feels at home with Gators
  6. Kramer, Daniel (March 9, 2016). "Luke Del Rio Granted Extra Year of Eligibility by NCAA". http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2623474-luke-del-rio-granted-extra-year-of-eligibility-by-ncaa. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  7. Luke Del Rio named Gators' starting quarterback
  8. Young, Ryan (August 3, 2017). "Florida QB Luke Del Rio healed physically and mentally after rough 2016". https://www.seccountry.com/florida/qb-luke-del-rio-healed-physically-and-mentally-after-rough-2016-with-gators. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  9. Goldkamp, Thomas (August 6, 2017). "Del Rio nearly gave football up, now he eyes starting job again". https://florida.247sports.com/Bolt/Del-Rio-nearly-gave-football-up-now-he-eyes-starting-job-again-105845263. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  10. Hiserman, Mike (September 30, 2017). "College football spotlight: Luke Del Rio and Florida suffer a bad break". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-college-football-spotlight-20170930-story.html. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  11. Taylor, John (November 22, 2017). "Florida QB Luke Del Rio says he won’t use sixth season of eligibility". http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/11/22/florida-qb-luke-del-rio-says-he-wont-use-sixth-season-of-eligibility/. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  12. Son with a gun
  13. Jack Del Rio's son chosen as Florida's starting quarterback

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