Vanderbilt had more penalties (five) than first downs (three) on Saturday. Del Rio averaged a pedestrian 5.8 yards per throw last season, with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.
"It's hard when that stuff happens when you get hurt like that", said Franks, who wrote Del Rio's name on his wrist as inspiration.
With that as inspiration, here are a few things to consider following Vanderbilt's 38-24 loss at Florida on Saturday - a game everyone involved with the black and gold is in a hurry to forget - before we move on to the next one, against No. 5 Georgia.
As for Franks, he was forced into action after Del Rio, promoted after last week's comeback win at Kentucky, was pounded into the ground after throwing a second-quarter pass. The drive stalled and Florida settled for a field goal to tie the score at 17 at haltime. In that game, LSU did not find their first points until the 3 quarter with 45 seconds left on the clock while Troy had 17 point lead.
As of right now, Franks hasn't shown enough for the Gators to have much confidence in the October 28 matchup against Georgia that will nearly certainly decide the SEC East. Franks began the season as the Gators' starter and now has 557 passing yards and three touchdowns. After four weeks of struggles in the run game, they changed both starting guards.
Florida running back Malik Davis and offensive lineman Brett Heggie earned weekly honors from the SEC on Monday.
Without Cleveland, the best options for Franks and UF's passing game appear to be freshman Kadarius Toney, who is second on the team with 11 catches for 107 yards, as well as Hammond, Brandon Powell and Freddie Swain.More news: Benjamin Mendy heads into surgery, still banters off Jese Rodriguez
Cleveland's 326 yards receiving rank first on the team.
Two plays later, Davis plowed for the touchdown and 24-17 lead with 3:56 left in the third quarter. "Those guys. And I think it'll be next man up".
Down 31-24 and still with two timeouts, Vandy went for an onsides kick that UF's Dre Massey covered up at the Commodores' 48.
The game turned out to be quite a battle from there.
Although punter Johnny Townsend still needs to work on his hang-time, McElwain said that they did a good job of flipping the field.
"Tyrie Cleveland will be out, expect him to be out anyways", McElwain said.