Malik Zaire held the college football world hostage prior to the start of the season. His highly publicized transfer from Notre Dame received more attention than it probably should have, and predictably, he hasn’t made much of an impact for the Florida Gators.
Zaire was finally getting his chance on the field after coach Jim McElwain was fired, but it appears that was short lived, too.
Head coach Randy Shannon has put Feleipe Franks back into the game after Zaire went down with what appears to be a knee injury. There is no word on the nature of the injury, or the severity, but he isn’t expected to return against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Considering that there was no contact before he crumpled to the ground, chances are it’s more than just a sprain.
Franks won the starting job in a highly-competitive quarterback competition before the year started. He quarterbacked the Gators through the first two months of the season, with mixed results, before he lost his spot at the top of the depth chart.
Zaire is a graduate transfer student, and a major knee injury would be devastating to his future prospects in the NFL. He is a fringe, raw tools type player to begin with, if you take away his explosive speed, he’s a DII quarterback at best.
Hopefully the injury isn’t serious.