Florida quarterback Malik Zaire did not practice Tuesday and is still listed as day-to-day with an injured left knee. If he does not practice today, he will not play Saturday against UAB, interim head coach Randy Shannon said Tuesday.
“He’s got to practice,” Shannon said. “That’s the bottom line. You can’t have a guy going out and say, ‘OK he’s ready on Thursday.’ He’s got to go. If he doesn’t get any work in tomorrow, he probably won’t be going.”
Zaire injured his knee against South Carolina last Saturday and was replaced by former starter Feleipe Franks.
The plan is to start Franks on Saturday. He will be backed up by slot receivers Kadarius Toney and Dre Massey and walk-on Nick Sproles.
Toney took most of the reps at the No. 2 quarterback spot Tuesday.
“We’re getting him the reps because Massey got a lot of reps last week,” Shannon said. “We got (Toney) toned into some reps.”
Toney and Massey were both quarterbacks in high school.
OL further depleted
Shannon said backup offensive guard Antonio Riles is dealing with injuries that will keep him out of Saturday’s game. With Riles out, the Gators are down to nine scholarship offensive linemen.
“Riles will not be playing this week. Don’t know when he’s going to come back,” Shannon said. “It’s a day-to-day deal.
“We have to work with the offensive line, moving guys around. Right now, we have to treat it as an NFL team. The guys on the offensive line are going to have to move around and play different positions. That’s part of the game, part of what we’re doing.”
Tyler Jordan, Kavaris Harkless, Fred Johnson and Nick Buchanan are getting reps at both guard positions and center, while Martez Ivey, Jawaan Taylor, Stone Forsythe, Andrew Mike and T.J. Moore are working at both tackle spots.
“Just moving around,” Shannon said. “We just have to make sure if something happens in the game, you have somebody ready to go.”
Starting outside linebacker Kylan Johnson, who was expected to miss the remainder of the season with an injured hamstring, managed to practice Tuesday, but his status for Saturday’s game remains uncertain.
“He completed the whole practice today,” Shannon said. “Everything felt good about him.”