Malik Zaire, Everett Golson both faced same first obstacle after transfer
GAINESVILLE - Malik Zaire said his biggest adjustment in joining the Florida Gators hasn't been the new playbook or new teammates.
It's the Florida summer.
"It was hot when I first got here," Zaire said. "Adjusting to that heat, I feel like that was the biggest thing as an obstacle for me."
Zaire's comments during Wednesday's media day sounded familiar. So I dug back through my archives to see what happened the last time a graduate transfer quarterback from Notre Dame ended up in the state.
What was the biggest adjustment for Everett Golson when he arrived at Florida State in the summer of 2015?
"The heat..." Golson said during the Seminoles' 2015 preseason media day. "Just coming from a place, Notre Dame, in the fall you look forward to that 40-degree weather days. People are out on the quad in 40-degree weather. Then coming here where it's 50 degrees higher, it's different. It's the real-deal hot."
Zaire said he talked with Golson some about the process of joining a team as a grad transfer quarterback. There's a lot to it beyond what happens on the field.
"I know his situation was a little different, but just the whole transfer process I think was big just to be able to lean on him," Zaire said. "And he gave me some good words of advice to take forward with me. And I just think being a great person and being a personable person and just being a great teammate and a leader are the things that make everything go a lot smoother. That's really what I've been focused on since I've been here is just being able to be that great teammate."
I've argued that Golson's season at FSU was a success (even if it ended with a thud).
It's too early to tell what will happen with Zaire at UF, but he's already off to a Golson-like start.