Sports Illustrated: Florida QB Malik Zaire will be an impact transfer – SECcountry.com
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Given the chance, Malik Zaire produces, SI says
Sports Illustrated’s Joan Niesen on Friday put out a list of the top 10 college football transfers who will make an impact this season. Malik Zaire, the graduate transfer quarterback from Notre Dame who is expected by many to be the Gators’ starting quarterback, made the list. Niesen’s explanation:
“Zaire, the former Notre Dame quarterback, hasn’t played since September 2015, and it took until June for him to solidify Gainesville as his official 2017 landing spot. The SEC had to amend a rule about graduate transfers to get him to Florida, but now that he’s there, the former Irish standout may be what Jim McElwain needs to get his team over the hump in the SEC.
Zaire’s playing time has been limited thus far, though every time he’s gotten a chance in the spotlight, he’s played well. He made just three starts for Notre Dame, in the Music City Bowl after the 2014 season and early in ’15 before he broke his leg. From there, DeShone Kizer won the job and kept it through ’16. Overall, Zaire has completed 58.2 percent of his passes for 816 yards and 6 touchdowns and has never thrown an interception in his college career.”
Our latest Next Generation piece
Our Zach Abolverdi continued our Next Generation series with an in-depth look at freshman wide receiver Daquon Green, whose path to the Florida Gators was forged after a trip to the 2013 Under Armour All-Star Game.
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