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Chomping at Bits: Florida sticking with Malik Zaire at QB; Brett Heggie out for year

The Gators’ already extensive injury list gains another name.

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Malik Zaire gets another shot to start: Interim head coach Randy Shannon opts to stay with Zaire this week at South Carolina, noting that he “didn’t do anything to hurt us” against Missouri. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Brett Heggie out for the season: The redshirt freshman offensive lineman suffered a leg injury at Missouri. Heggie joins a double-digit list of Florida players with long-term or season-ending injuries this season. Kadarius Toney and Jachai Polite will also be out against the Gamecocks. (Graham Hall, Gainesville Sun)

Gators release depth chart for South Carolina: Kavaris Harkless and Tyler Jordan will fill the void at left guard with Brett Heggie out. (Will Pantages, Florida Gators)

Florida down to two scholarship QBs: Shannon announced that both redshirt freshman Kyle Trask and true freshman Jake Allen are dealing with injuries. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Florida vs. UAB to kickoff at 4:00 p.m.: The Gators’ return to The Swamp will air on the SEC Network. (Katie Callahan, Florida Gators)

David Reese emerging as team leader: Shannon noted that going into the season, the team leaders were seniors Marcell Harris, Nick Washington, and Jordan Sherit - all of whom have since been lost for the season due to injury. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Gators in the NFL: Trey Burton is proving himself with Philadelphia, rookie Marcus Maye is helping the Jets, and Keanu Neal forced two fumbles against Carolina. (Kyle Bennett, Gainesville Sun)

“My First Chomp” promotion continuing with UF men’s basketball: As they did for football games this season, Florida will offer a fan the opportunity to win a trip to see the Gators play in person for the first time. Unlike with football, this promotion appears to be for one game only. (Andrew Kovar, Florida Gators)

A look at Justin Fuente: The Virginia Tech head coach’s name is being floated for the Florida job. (Jordan McPherson, SEC Country)

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