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Florida QB Feleipe Franks Had A Cool Tribute To Injured Teammate Luke Del Rio During Game

Florida Gators QB Feleipe Franks interacting with fans.

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 16: Feleipe Franks #13 of the Florida Gators celebrates with fans after he threw a 63-yard pass at the end of the game to defeat the Tennessee Volunteers 26-20 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks led the Gators to a big win over Vanderbilt today, and he was thinking of injured position-mate Luke Del Rio during the second half.

Del Rio started today's game, a 38-24 home win, after returning from injury last week against Kentucky.

In the process, he won the job back from freshman Feleipe Franks, who started Florida's first two games, and was the hero of the Gators' dramatic win vs. Tennessee.

Del Rio went down late in the second quarter, landing on his surgically repaired shoulder after taking a huge hit from Commodores defensive end Dare Odeyingbo. After the game, head coach Jim McElwain confirmed that Del Rio is out for the season with a broken collarbone, which he will have repaired Monday. During halftime, in tribute to Del Rio, Franks wrote "Luke" under his wristband, before going out and having an impressive performance to lead UF to a two-touchdown win.

Franks wound up completing 10-of-14 passes for 185 yards, good for 13.2 yards per attempt. The Gators outscored the 'Dores 21-7 in the second half, after a 17-17 first half.