Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced Thursday that Luke Del Rio will miss spring practice after having successful shoulder surgery.
Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced Thursday that Luke Del Rio—starting quarterback for the Gators to start the 2016 season—had successful shoulder surgery on Wednesday, but will miss spring practice, according to the Florida Gators official website.
The redshirt junior took to Instagram to thank fans for their well-wishes and say that he’ll be back soon.
Del Rio’s 2016 campaign was riddled with injuries. In just the third game of the season against North Texas he suffered a knee injury, forcing him to miss back-to-back games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He returned to lead the Gators to consecutive victories over Missouri and Georgia, but just a game later injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder in a 31-10 loss to Arkansas. Fifth-year senior Austin Appleby took over from there on out, leading the Gators to an Outback Bowl berth and subsequent 30-3 victory over Iowa. According to McElwain, Del Rio would have been available for the game if needed. If the recovery goes as planned, he should be fully healthy in time for the season opener versus Michigan.