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Ranking Malik Zaire among 2017's top transfer quarterbacks

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The Florida Gators' Malik Zaire is among many transfers who could become starters at their new school. Here's how he stacks up in our rankings of top transfer quarterbacks:

1. Jarrett Stidham (Auburn). He put up great numbers (12 touchdowns, two interceptions) in 10 games at Baylor before leaving less than two months after coach Art Briles' dismissal. He only started three games for the Bears, but he showed enough talent (and has a good enough coach in Gus Malzahn) to be No. 1, barely ahead of...

2. Will Grier (West Virginia). Sorry, UF fans. Grier could still be with the Gators, if he hadn't failed an NCAA drug test or decided to transfer after the 2015 season. Regardless, his time in Gainesville included 10 touchdowns, three interceptions, a last-minute win over Tennessee and a four-touchdown beat-down of No. 3 Ole Miss. Don't be surprised if he lights up the scoreboard for coach Dana Holgorsen.

3. Kyle Allen (Houston). Part of the Texas A&M quarterback exodus that also sent Kyler Murray to Oklahoma, Allen rushed for three touchdowns and passed for 33. He could thrive under new coach Major Applewhite.

4. Max Browne (Pitt). A 61.6 completion percentage at USC? Not bad. A coordinator change makes it hard to imagine him replicating the success of Pitt's last transfer quarterback, Nathan Peterman, but he'll be a welcome addition to the Panthers.

5. Malik Zaire (Florida). He has shown flashes of success, but he has really only played two great games - in a bowl win over LSU and a win over a Texas team that finished 5-7. If he beats Feleipe Franks for the starting job, he'll get the help of UF's best crop of skill players since the Tim Tebow era.

Other notables: If he stays healthy, former Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon might find success at Baylor in a program that knows how to put up points. ... After starting 19 games at Tulane, Tanner Lee was the favorite to start for Nebraska coming out of spring practice. ... Former LSU starter Brandon Harris (who beat UF in 2015) will try to replace No. 2 overall draft pick Mitch Trubisky at North Carolina. ... Remember former Florida State quarterback De'Andre Johnson, who was dismissed from the team after authorities released a video of him punching a woman in the face? He'll try to earn the starting job for Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

[Last modified: Monday, June 26, 2017 11:15am]

    

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