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Malik Zaire | Quarterback

Team: Florida Gators
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 222

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Florida redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire (knee) is day-to-day for Saturday's game against Florida State.
Zaire suffered the injury against South Carolina a few weeks back and missed Florida's win over UAB on Saturday. Feleipe Franks started that one. Even if Zaire is healthy, we'd anticipate that the Gators will give another start to the developing Franks in the season finale. Nov 20 - 1:50 PM

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Florida redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire (knee) was not seen on the field during pregame warmups for Saturday's game against UAB.

If Zaire is indeed out -- no surprise given the injury he suffered against South Carolina last week -- Feleipe Franks will be Florida's only healthy scholarship quarterback for the UAB game. Per SEC Country's Ryan Young, Dre Massey and Kadariuis Toney are Florida's emergency options.
Nov 18 - 2:46 PM

Florida HC Randy Shannon deems redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire (knee) day-to-day.

Zaire's knee injury got Shannon into some hot water this week, as the coach fielded questions about why he re-inserted Zaire into the South Carolina game two plays after he suffered the injury. Zaire ended up dropping to the turf again while rolling out, and he was removed for good. Shannon has announced Feleipe Franks as the starter for the UAB game, so Zaire will be QB2 if he's healthy enough to be active.
Nov 14 - 3:41 PM

Florida interim HC Randy Shannon defended his decision to put redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire (knee) back into Saturday's game against South Carolina.

Zaire sustained a knee injury, left the game for one play and then returned only to crumple to the ground while rolling out to the left on the next snap. The redshirt senior was then taken out for good, but not before Shannon had opened himself up to critique. He argued that he trusted the opinion of the Gators' medical staff when he put Zaire back into the game after the initial injury. Regardless, the end result is that the redshirt senior could potentially be sidelined for the rest of the regular season. Just when he will be able to return to the field should receive clarity in the coming days. Feleipe' Franks will start if Zaire is forced to miss game action.
Nov 12 - 2:14 PM

Florida redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire was forced out of Saturday's game against South Carolina due to a knee injury.

Zaire was injured twice during one drive in the first half. The first time, he was tended to on the field and missed one play before returning. That return lasted all of one snap, as he proceeded to crumple to the field while rolling to the left. He was in visible pain after going down on that play. He was later spotted on the sideline with a brace on his left knee. Feleipe' Franks took over for him after the injury and may well finish out the contest. We'll pass along updates as available.
Source: SEC Country
Nov 11 - 2:08 PM

Florida interim HC Randy Shannon said that redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire will start Saturday's game against South Carolina.

Zaire did little to impress in his starting-debut with the Gators over the weekend, throwing for 158 yards and an interception while rushing for a mere 17 yards in Saturday's blowout loss to Missouri. Deposed starter Feleipe' Franks played late in that contest and led the Gators to their lone touchdown of the game. Neither quarterback is a particularly palatable option, though we wouldn't be surprised if Zaire manages to put together a more sturdy performance against the Gamecocks with additional time working as a starter in practice. Florida is in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Sitting at 3-5, they'll need to win their final three games (against South Carolina, UAB and Florida State) in order to achieve bowl eligibility. The Gators are only playing 11 games this season due to a canceled contest against Northern Colorado forced by Hurricane Irma in September.
Nov 6 - 9:01 PM

Florida redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire completed 13-of-19 passes for 158 yards and an interception in Saturday's 45-16 embarrassment-of-a-loss to Missouri.

Zaire was tabbed as starter over Feleipe' Franks by interim HC Randy Shannon, but he did little to impress on Saturday and little to prove that he deserves the starting gig moving forward. The Gators did not score a touchdown until Franks came on for mop-up duty in the fourth quarter. A road showdown with South Carolina shows next on Florida's schedule as they limp toward the finish line.
Nov 4 - 4:43 PM

Florida announced that redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire will start against Missouri on Saturday.

This is the first major move under interim HC Randy Shannon after former HC Jim McElwain had largely stuck by an ineffective redshirt freshman Felipe Franks. Zaire will be starting his first game with the Gators since transferring over from Notre Dame in the offseason. We aren't expecting a ton in this spot -- Zaire has largely failed to impress dating back to the 2016 season, although to be at least somewhat fair, he has not seen consistent in-game snaps over the past two campaigns.
Nov 2 - 12:14 PM

Florida interim head coach Randy Shannon hinted at opening up the starting QB competition between redshirt freshman Felipe Franks and graduate transfer Malik Zaire.

When asked about the starting quarterback, Shannon answered "that's why being competitive, when you can make guys compete in practice, you're really going to find out what you're going to get in the game." Franks has been benched in three of six starts this season and has also dealt with injuries. Zaire, after selecting Florida as his transfer destination, has not been given an extended opportunity. An opportunity that might have been alluded to by a previous coach.
Source: ESPN
Oct 31 - 9:57 AM

Florida redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire isn't pushing starting QB redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks for the starting job.

"Yeah, Malik’s been doing a really good job. And you know, we’ll still, we’ll go with Feleipe and move forward from there," McElwain said. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the former Notre Dame starter. At this point, it seems like the only chance that we'll see him on the football field is an injury.
Source: SEC Country
Oct 9 - 8:42 PM

Florida redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire has fallen to No. 3 on the Gators' QB depth chart.

Already beaten out by redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks, Zaire has now lost the backup job to Luke Del Rio. HC Jim McElwain attempted to mitigate the implication of this news by saying the following: "You know, (Luke is) healthy. That’s the big thing. He’s back. He’s healthy. That doesn’t mean Malik is buried down at the bottom. There’s things that are ready for him as well and so we’re prepared for whatever may move forward." Odds are against Zaire being given another extended run on the field as a collegiate quarterback.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 18 - 4:59 PM

Florida redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire was 9-of-17 for 106 yards in Saturday's 33-17 loss to Michigan.

This game was far more lopsided than the final score suggested, with Florida bagging 14 points via back-to-back pick-sixes off Wolverines QB Wilton Speight in the second quarter. The Gators led 17-10 after that, but the house of cards crumbled from there, with the offense going into the tank against a completely-rebuilt Michigan defense. The Gators yanked redshirt freshman QB Feleipe Franks (5-of-9 for 75 yards with a lost fumble) -- the starter -- for Zaire, with no real change in the on-field product. The return of RB Jordan Scarlett and WR Antonio Callaway next week will help, but this offense looks completely broken, as opposed to flawed and in need of a few reinforcements. We'll let UF HC Jim McElwain have the final word: "Their guys were bigger and stronger. They whooped us. Plain and simple."
Sep 2 - 7:39 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain declined to name a starting QB and said three quarterbacks may play against Michigan in the opener.

"Don’t read into this that we’re not happy where they’re at, it’s really more so that the competition has brought out some good things," McElwain said. Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire is attempting to fend off ballyhooed redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and incumbent starter Luke Del Rio for the gig. McElwain will determine the direction of the offense when he makes his decision. The 6-foot-6, 219-pound Franks is the biggest of the three and boasts the strongest arm. The 6-foot, 225-pound Zaire holds advantages in mobility and leadership, while the 6-foot-1, 211-pound Del Rio has experience on his side. We don't buy the three-QB talk. Zaire remains a small favorite over Franks to eventually win the job outright. The Gators open against the Wolverines next week.
Aug 23 - 3:34 PM

Florida redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire is enrolled in classes at the university.

Zaire announced his transfer to Florida at the beginning of June. Now that he is enrolled in classes, you can count it as official. The former Notre Dame gunslinger will be competing with Feleipe Franks and Luke Del Rio for starting honors come the opening of August camp.
Jun 26 - 2:48 PM

The father of Florida redshirt senior QB Malik Zaire said his son never considered returning to South Bend this fall because the trust between he and HC Brian Kelly had been broken.

"You know, shame on you the first time, shame on me the second time," Imani Zaire said. "… I don’t think Malik wanted to chance it because the relationship, I think, kind of soured a little bit." DeShone Kizer took over as the Irish’s starting quarterback after Zaire broke his ankle early on during the 2015 season. Though Kizer left this winter, becoming a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, Zaire never seriously considered returning to the Irish. His father indicated that his son felt misled about his odds of starting twice, both during Zaire’s redshirt freshman year, when Everett Golson reclaimed his old job after an academic suspension, and following Zaire's return from injury last fall. Zaire worked with QB coach Dennis Gile to improve his footwork and mechanics this winter. The 6-foot, 225-pound southpaw had 816 passing yards and a 6/0 TD/INT ratio along with 324 rushing yards and two scores over his career at Notre Dame.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 9 - 3:59 PM