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Austin Appleby Takes Apparent Shot At Purdue Coaching Staff

Florida quarterback Austin Appleby took what appears to be a shot at the Purdue coaching staff when addressing the media after the Gators win on Saturday.

Florida starting quarterback Luke Del Rio left after he was hit low in the Gators game against North Texas. Former backup quarterback, now thrust into the starting role, Austin Appleby called the hit "dirty."

Florida head coach Jim McElwain was visibly upset on the sideline and ran out to midfield after the hit to have a word with officials. When asked about McElwain's reaction to Del Rio's injury, Appleby gave the following response:

Appleby is a former starting quarterback for the Purdue Boilermakers. The former transfer threw for 2,777 yards and 19 touchdowns in 16 games during a three-year run with the Boilermakers.

It appears as though Appleby is taking at shot at his former team, claiming he has never felt like a coaching staff has "truly cared" about him as a player. The quote is primarily about McElwain's care for his players, but it can definitely be interpreted as a dig at Darrell Hazell's Boilermakers staff as well.

This week the Gators face off against the Tennessee Volunteers in a matchup of ranked 3-0 teams vying for supremacy in the SEC East.