By LARRY VAUGHT
Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio threw for 256 yards and completed 29 of 44 passes in his first start last week in a 24-7 victory over Massachusetts.
He’ll be back in action Saturday afternoon when the Gators host Kentucky and Florida coach Jim McElwain said on the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday that he expects his quarterback to play even better.
“He did OK for a first collegiate start. He missed six throws that I know he’d love to have back. But the good thing is he took care of the football, he avoided sacks. He missed a couple of checks here and there,” the Florida coach said. “Overall, he did pretty darn good.
“And yet, he’ll continue to get better. I know he was excited afterward just to kind of get that first game anxiety out a little bit.
“He was able to work on some things he saw from the game. Now, the stakes are higher because, obviously, you’re playing a conference game. I’m kind of looking forward to seeing how he progresses this week.”