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
- Safety Jeawon Taylor making the case for more playing time.
- Former Florida wide receiver Chris Doering says bye week needs to be a chance for Gators to reset.
- Jim McElwain and Co. expect the 2018 recruiting class to be a “game changer.“
- Steve Spurrier to receive the Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award.
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.
Your weekend in Florida athletics
- The Florida swimming and diving teams host Texas and Indiana for a tri-meet on Friday and Saturday.
- The fourth-ranked Gators volleyball team plays two road matches this weekend: at Alabama on Friday and Auburn on Sunday.
- The soccer team plays at No. 11 Tennessee on Sunday.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Linebacker Vosean Joseph:
— Vosean Joseph (@gloryboy_Sean) October 19, 2017
Quarterback Jake Allen:
— Jake Allen (@JakeAllen_12) October 19, 2017
Quarterback Luke Del Rio:
Let hate fall on deaf ears today #SpencerAtUF
— Luke Del Rio (@Ldelrio12) October 19, 2017
Defensive lineman CeCe Jefferson:
It Doesn't matter when you get there,only what you do when you get there… Keep going.
— CeCe (@cecejeferson7) October 19, 2017
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