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Will Malik Zaire (left) cut into Feleipe Franks’ playing time in the second half of the season?

The latest QB update and a final look at Florida football as the bye week nears its end

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Should a QB change be coming?

With all of Florida’s offensive struggles, could graduate transfer quarterback Malik Zaire get a shot during the back half of the season over Feleipe Franks? Our Ryan Young takes the stance that, at the very least, Zaire should have a chance. An excerpt:

“Maybe [Zaire] doesn’t know the offense inside and out either after arriving in June, but he’s in his fifth year of college football and played in some big games during his time at Notre Dame. That experience is what Franks is lacking and part of the reason he looks overwhelmed on the field, struggles to move off his primary target and struggles with situational awareness.

And let’s be honest, the offensive game plan hasn’t looked all that complex these first six games. Surely Zaire could replicate the steady stream of screen passes and short slants the Gators have relied on almost exclusively from a passing standpoint.”

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Florida stock report

The Gators’ bye week is nearing its end and Florida is getting ready for a pivotal game against No. 3 Georgia next week to begin the back half of the season. Before that happens, though, we took a closer look at which players have seen their stock rise since the season began and who the Gators need to see more production from in the final five games of the year.

Matt Corral Q&A

In this SEC Country exclusive, Class of 2018 quarterback and Florida commit Matt Corral talks recruiting, early enrollment and Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

In other Florida football news

In the polls

The Florida men’s basketball team checked in at No. 7 in the first edition of the USA Today coaches poll, which was released Thursday.

Soccer breaks losing streak

After dropping its past two matches, the No. 20 Gators soccer team defeated Kentucky 2-0 in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Thursday.

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