Junior Luke Del Rio suffered a handful of injuries last year that cut his season short. Redshirt freshman Kyle Trask reported to the staff after spring ball that he had knee pain. Both seem to be doing well in the rehab to get ready for the season and compete for the starting quarterback job.
“Luke did a great job obviously,” McElwain said about Del Rio’s rehabbing over the spring. “He had both shoulders worked on, but he was there every practice, there every meeting doing everything he can. He’s just one of those guys. N Kyle’s case, he just went in and said his knee was a little sore. They ended up cleaning it out a little bit. He’ll be back to full work, well, starting on Monday.”
McElwain said Del Rio was an invaluable resource for Trask and fellow freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks this spring. He expects De Rio to remain the same helpful person even when he starts to compete again for the quarterback job
“You know he’s still a big part of it,” McElwain said of Del Rio’s role in the quarterback race. “And yet, we just have to see how everything kind of recovers from that. More so what he’s done to continue to help these guys work toward help perfecting their craft. Because he knows what it takes and that’s great to have.”
McElwain also offered up a little on junior Dre Massey who was injured on the opening kickoff of the season a year ago. Massey was expected to play a big part in the offense and special teams in 2016 and McElwain expects that expected role to be the same in 2017.
“He went through all of spring practice in a non-contact role so he was able to go through every skelley (7-on-7) and all the individual drills,” McElwain said. “Obviously he will go back there as a returner, he is a guy that we were counting for that as well. I expect a full recovery, he is angry that he had to wear his brace but you know that is a good thing that he has that burning desire to get back there. He is a guy that obviously that we will be a big part of that receiver core that I feel is a strength of the team.