Backup quarterback Austin Appleby called out North Texas after a “dirty” hit on starting quarterback Luke Del Rio.Luke Del Rio was sidelined with a knee injury he sustained during the Gators game against North Texas on Saturday. Florida’s backup, Austin Appleby, replaced Del Rio for the remainder of the game and completed 2-of-4 passing attempts for 30 yards.Appleby addressed the media after the Gators 32-0 win. He believes that hit on Del Rio was “dirty.””My heart goes out to him. My heart breaks for him. In my mind that hit was dirty.” Appleby on Del Rio pic.twitter.com/SzaQJIKlbJ— Grace Remington CBS4 (@Grace_Remi) September 18, 2016Del Rio took the hit to his lower leg in the third quarter of the Gators’ win on Saturday. Florida head coach Jim McElwain was visibly upset after the hit and was seen charging midfield to have a word with the officials and the North Texas sideline.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.The Gators face off against the Tennessee Volunteers in a matchup of ranked 3-0 teams vying for supremacy in the SEC East.
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