Former Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire may be able to become a Florida Gator after all.
The graduate transfer quarterback is a “major target” for Florida, according to 247Sports’ Thomas Goldkamp. Though SEC rules about graduate transfers currently mean Zaire wouldn’t be able to join the Gators, Florida is optimistic the rule could be changed this spring.
Two previous graduate transfers to land at Florida — OT Mason Halter and LB Anthony Harrell — didn’t meet academic requirements during their time in Gainesville. As a result, the SEC rule restricted the Gators from taking any more graduate transfers for three years, starting in 2016.
However, if the league amends the restriction to one year, Zaire could be free to enroll at Florida and compete for the starting quarterback job this fall.
Redshirt freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask are currently competing for the No. 1 job. Luke Del Rio, who’s currently recovering from a shoulder injury, could be a factor in the competition as well after winning the job last year.
The transfer quarterback has a career completion percentage of 59.2 with 816 passing yards, 6 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has 324 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns in his career.