Data Scout Notes: 2017: NAC...PMaxwell...2016: 4* Notre Dame Transfer...PMaxwell...2015: (+) 09-12-15 Ankle INJ, Out for 2015...PWCamp/PMaxwell
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11/02/17 - QB Malik Zaire draws the start for Florida on Saturday at Missouri. Gators interim head coach Randy Shannon is making a change at quarterback for his first game by starting the graduate transfer. Zaire has played sparingly following his summer transfer from Notre Dame, appearing in two games and completing 12 of 23 passes for 142 yards.
07/11/17 - 2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Malik Zaire, Florida,...Zaire, who enrolled in UF's mass communications graduate program on June 26, has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch List for the third-straight year. In 2016 at Notre Dame, the Kettering, Ohio product competed in seven games and completed 8-of-18 passes for 92 yards. In addition, he totaled 34 yards on the ground on 20 rushing attempts. Two season ago in 2015 for the Fighting' Irish, Zaire started the first two games of the season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury at Virginia. During those first two contests, Zaire completed 26-of-40 passes for 428 yards and four TDs on the season. Not to mention, he rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries. - Florida Football
07/11/17 - Florida hoping QB Zaire pumps up sagging offense...The Florida Gators have finished in the national top 15 in total defense in each of the past nine seasons. The problem in many of those years, especially lately, has been offense. More specifically, quarterback. The Gators have been searching for excellence and consistency at the position since Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow completed his eligibility after the 2009 season. Perhaps Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire is the answer. "He didn't come here to hold a clipboard," Florida coach Jim McElwain said Tuesday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. "If you're afraid of competition, you can just run away."
Zaire's potential impact is one of the big questions in the SEC as Florida tries to win its third SEC East title in three years under McElwain. He is 19-8 at Florida -- inheriting a team that had gone 11-13 in the previous two seasons -- but there's also this: Florida has scored more than 20 points in only half of its 22 games against major conference teams in the past two seasons. McElwain has mostly tasked his offense to just not mess things up, but he needs a more dynamic attack moving forward to truly make the Gators a playoff contender. "What I am excited about is I truly believe the strength of our football team is the offensive line," McElwain told the SEC Network. "We're at the point right now where, you know what, it's time to go. We've got some real parts." - The Sports Xchange
06/07/17 - Former Notre Dame QB Zaire transferring to Florida...Former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire plans to transfer to Florida and join the Gators as a graduate transfer. Zaire told Fox Sports and 247Sports late Saturday night of his plans and confirmed to ESPN on Sunday that he will visit Florida's campus on Wednesday to finalize the graduate transfer process. "The visit Wednesday is just making sure we dot our I's and cross our T's, so it's just everything really solidifying things," Zaire told ESPN. "Making sure it feels how I know it would be of making it a home. If everything goes as planned, I'm a Gator, but of course the visit is important to take everything in." Zaire will be eligible to play this season.
At Notre Dame, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound left-handed quarterback completed 58 of 98 passes for 816 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in his Fighting Irish career. He also rushed 72 times for 324 yards and two scores. "I am going to embrace that challenge and I'm very eager to get down there," Zaire told Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman. Zaire said earlier in the week that he was considering multiple schools, including Florida, Texas, Wisconsin and North Carolina. "You just want to be able to be a part of something special," Zaire told 247Sports. "You're playing in basically like a minor league from The League. For me, I didn't want the challenge to dissipate at the end of the day. "Coming from Notre Dame, you're playing top games every week, and I wanted to continue that trend. I didn't want to run from the challenge, I wanted to embrace the challenge." - The Sports Xchange
06/04/17 - QB Malik Zaire plans to transfer to Florida and join the Gators as a graduate transfer. Zaire told Fox Sports and 247Sports late Saturday night of his plans and confirmed to ESPN on Sunday that he will visit Florida's campus on Wednesday to finalize the graduate transfer process. Zaire will be eligible to play this season. At Notre Dame, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound left-handed quarterback completed 58 of 98 passes for 816 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in his Fighting Irish career. He also rushed 72 times for 324 yards and two scores.