January 05, 2016

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Purdue quarterback Austin Appleby is transferring to Florida.

A junior who graduated last month, Appleby announced his intentions on his Twitter page Monday. He would be eligible to play for the Gators next season under the NCAA's graduate-transfer rule.

Appleby played in five games this season, completing 57.5 percent of his passes for 1,260 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. He started the first three games before getting benched in favor of redshirt freshman David Blough. Appleby regained the starting job in the season finale because Blough was sidelined with a concussion.

Appleby also started the final seven games in 2014. The 6-foot-5, 239-pound North Canton, Ohio, native, has thrown for 2,777 yards, with 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in three seasons. He also has 290 yards rushing and nine scores.

He is expected to compete with former Alabama and Oregon State quarterback Luke Del Rio for the starting job.

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AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org

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