Gators fans are eager to see what new quarterback Malik Zaire can do, particularly since he wasn't able to practice with UF during the spring.
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Florida's sixth ESPN 300 commit needs to bulk up, but the Gators will immediately need the services of one-time USC recruit Matt Corral.
ESPN 300 quarterback Matt Corral, who decommitted from USC in June, has decided to pledge his services to Florida. The commitment gives the Gators 12 total in the 2018 class.
Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer
ESPN 300 quarterback Matt Corral committed to Florida on Saturday. Corral, the No. 87 ranked prospect overall, decommitted from USC in June and tweeted his decision to commit to the Gators after visiting for the Friday Night Lights recruiting event. Florida now has six ESPN 300 commitments in the 2018 class with Corral on board.
Gators lose leader on defense
Redshirt senior safety Marcell Harris will miss the 2017 season with a torn Achilles. Harris started eight games in 2016 and had 73 tackles, two interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery. He also scored a touchdown on special teams.
The Gators are gaining some momentum on the recruiting trail with their fifth ESPN 300 pledge and their second from out of state in the 2018 class.
Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer
Florida's defense took a major hit with the news that starting S Marcell Harris is out for the season with a torn right Achilles. He started 8 games at S for the Gators last year and made the biggest play of the season when he tackled a leaping Derrius Guice at the goal line in the final seconds of Florida's win at LSU. Gators coaches will be scrambling to replace him but Chauncey Gardner could move back to safety and compete with Jeawon Taylor or Quincy Lenton. UF also signed 6 DBs in 2017 class
Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer
Defending SEC East champion Florida's defense was dealt a significant blow Thursday when the school announced senior safety Marcell Harris would miss the 2017 season with a torn right Achilles tendon he suffered Wednesday participating in team activities. "As a coach this is one of the hardest things you are faced with," coach Jim McElwain said. Harris played in all 13 games last season and started eight at safety. He totaled 73 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 2 interceptions. The Gators were already having to replace six starters from a defense that ranked fifth in FBS in total defense and sixth in scoring defense in 2016.
Florida senior safety Marcell Harris, who had 73 tackles and two interceptions last season, was lost for the 2017 season after he tore an Achilles tendon.
QBs changing places
Four transfer quarterbacks will look to turn their new teams' luck this season. Will Grier, Jarrett Stidham and Kyle Allen were all top-50 recruits, while Malik Zaire showed flashes of potential in his time at Notre Dame.
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Dunlap could come in and immediately work his way into the two-deep and develop into a multi-year starter, likely at guard but also at center.
Florida has lost its starting quarterback in the first half of the year and still made it to the SEC title game in the past two seasons. This year, the Gators have three capable quarterbacks heading into the fall.
Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
FSU, Bama opener headlines 2017 SEC vs. ACC games
This season's SEC-ACC matchups start off with a bang, with what could be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown when Alabama takes on Florida State in Atlanta.
The Gators' two-deep is still made up of eight elite players, with four having starting experience and three with eight or more career starts.