[Updated at 1:28 p.m. 11-1] Randy Shannon plans to announce Florida’s starting quarterback either Wednesday or Thursday, the interim head coach said after Tuesday’s practice.
“Maybe tomorrow,” Shannon said. “Don’t really know. We won’t go into Saturday. I won’t do that to you guys. Probably tomorrow, probably Thursday.”
Feleipe Franks, who has been the starter since the first half of the Tennessee game, and Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire have been sharing reps with the No. 1 offense in practice.
Franks is more of a dropback passer, while Zaire is a dual-threat quarterback who brings the read-option aspect of the Gators’ offense into play.
“Both of them do some good things,” Shannon said. “Both have won games in the past. We just have to keep competing in practice.
“Once that happens (a starter is named), we can figure out what we’re going to do. We’re going to work on what each one of them can do best. Whichever one we go with, we’re going to figure out what they do best and work on their strengths.”
Wednesday morning update on QB decision
After letting Feleipe Franks and Malik Zaire compete one more day on the practice field Wednesday, Shannon is expected to name his starting quarterback Thursday.
“Both of those guys have been doing a great job of competing in practice and having a positive attitude,” Shannon said during the SEC teleconference call Wednesday morning. “ It brings the best out of both of them. I think both of the guys are not in the comfort zone, but they’re not in the fearful zone.
“Under pressure, most games these days are under a lot of pressure because of the fan base, enthusiasm, the crowd and the noise. If a guy can handle the pressure competing in practice then he has a chance to go into the game and do some positive things.”