Florida quarterback Austin Appleby heartbroken over Luke Del Rio injury, however, ready to roll next week.

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- Austin Appleby was called upon unexpectedly on Saturday night. The Florida backup quarterback discusses the heartbreaking events that lead to him playing and what lies ahead for the Gators.

It was not a situation Austin Appleby was expecting. The redshirt senior quarterback's services were needed on Saturday after Luke Del Rio suffered an injury and had to be escorted from the field. 

"You want to be the guys that's got the ball in his hands," said Appleby. "I'm excited about mu opportunity. It breaks my heart that it had to come by an injury. I'm really hoping he'll be back with us and healthy as soon as possible."  

According to UF head coach, Jim McElwain, things don't look "great" with Del Rio's injury and admitted that Appleby will most likely be the man to lead the Florida offense next week against Tennessee. 

"I've come to the University of Florida to play. That's ultimately why I chose to come here. I want to be part of something special," said Appleby. "I'm ready to roll, and we have a job to do." 

Although he was not expected to take up the role of starting quarterback against the Vols, he says he is ready to take up the responsibility. 

"The preparation doesn't change," he said. "I've prepared as a starting quarterback from the moment I arrived on campus whether I was number one or not. Preparation never changes. The process to get yourself ready to play never changes. The way that you study film, approach practice, and affect your teammates in a positive way-nothing changes, and nothing's going to change this week." 

Appleby was given the keys to the offense near the end of the third quarter. The signal caller went 2-for-4 for 30-yards. He discusses Del Rio, his new role and much more in the video above. 



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