Malik Zaire Transfers To Florida: Is He Really The Best Option?

Malik Zaire Transfers To Florida: Is He Really The Best Option?

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Malik Zaire Transfers To Florida: Is He Really The Best Option?

Malik Zaire Transfers To Florida. Is He Really The Best Option?


Former Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire transferred to Florida. Here’s why it might not matter all that much.


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Malik Zaire made his choice, and Florida got him. What are you going to do, play him?

He was the prize free agent – let’s just call this what it is – out there, and Florida was able to snag him.

Now what?

Why didn’t he choose somewhere where he would’ve had a stronger shot to be the sure-thing starter for a good team that’s missing one piece. Maybe Miami? LSU? Virginia Tech? Or maybe Cal or Minnesota if he really wanted to start?

How would Nebraska look with Zaire as a more explosive version of Tommy Armstrong under center?

Quarterback isn’t really a problem for the Gators going into the season, with Feleipe Franks looking like a potential star after he gets a little bit of seasoning, and with several other options in the mix. But Zaire is a dynamic playmaker who could add a spark.

Is he the missing piece to turn Florida from SEC East good into SEC champion great? If it’s not Franks who’ll be worked on and developed, then the pressure is on Zaire. Florida already went to to straight SEC title games. Don’t go this year, and the season will be a massive disappointment.

Or maybe Zaire will be special. But it’s hit or miss when it comes to the grad transfer world.

Maybe I’m still scarred from thinking Everett Golson was going to be the 2012 Everett Golson when he transferred from Notre Dame to Florida State. I was thinking Heisman, Seminole national title, the whole thing.

He was actually great for the Seminoles, but he wasn’t quite the superstar expected after getting knocked out with a concussion. Even so, he was the starter for a team with realistic championship aspirations, and now that’s what Zaire is going to be.

But here’s the thing – Malik Zaire is still mainly a prospect.

Everyone’s a fan. He’s a great guy, smart, and a tough teammate, but he also hasn’t been able to stay healthy, and when he was on the field, he still doesn’t have a huge body of work like Golson did to show off what he could really do.

He had one incredible performance in the 2014 Music City Bowl win over LSU – completing 12-of-15 passes for 96 yards and a score, while running for 96 yards and a score.

But after that, when he had his chances, he hasn’t proven he can be consistent, hitting 19-of-22 passes for 313 yards and three scores to beat Texas to kick off the 2015 season, but then couldn’t hit much of anything against Virginia the following week, got hurt, DeShone Kizer stepped in, and that was that.

Kizer was and is the better quarterback, but Zaire still got in a little work here and there throughout last season, hitting just 11-of-23 passes for 122 yards and a score. To be fair, he never got a chance to get into a groove, and that’s going to be the issue at Florida, too.

Welcome to Michigan to start the 2017 season.

If Zaire had stayed at Notre Dame, would he have been the starter? Probably not. He would’ve been in the mix, but Brandon Wimbush is looking like the next-big-thing perfect option for the Irish system.

At least Florida has another option. If it’s not Zaire, then that means Franks really is that good. Or there could be a platoon. No matter what, it’s never a problem to have several good quarterbacks.

Florida needs one of them to be great.

2017 Florida Preview: Winning SEC East Is Good, But …
2017 Florida Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
– Florida Previews: 2016 | 2015

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