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Badger Bits: Malik Zaire to Florida?

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Malik Zaire to... Florida? Does this (finally) put to rest the rumors about the former Notre Dame quarterback transferring to the Wisconsin Badgers?

WNDU’s Alex Wilcox first reported that Zaire “has chosen Florida,” but as both Wilcox and Alligator Army note, Zaire must wait to see if the SEC will modify its graduate transfer rules. Florida is currently unable to take on graduate transfers. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman also reported on Tuesday that Zaire is a “lean” towards the Gators.

Alex Hornibrook is Wisconsin’s quarterback and that won’t change unless there’s an injury to the southpaw or unforeseen circumstances. That does leave his backups, Karé Lyles and Jack Coan, young and inexperienced.

Tuesday’s Badger Bits

Wisconsin’s Camp Randall 100 celebration continues with a particular player or story highlighted by the university until the Badgers’ season-opener against Utah State.

In Monday’s Badger Bits, we remembered Matt Schabert’s 79-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Lee Evans that wound up being the game-winning score in UW’s 17-10 2003 upset victory over No. 3 Ohio State.

The play called was “56 Jerk,” as Paul Hubbard noted in Walk-On This Way. The move Evans put on Ohio State cornerback Chris Gamble is still legendary to this day.

Also on Monday, Wisconsin released a video to complement Mike Lucas’s article, complete with Barry Alvarez’s perspective on the play.

Where were you during that game? I was a sophomore at UW, watching the game in my best friends’ room with people I still consider dear friends to this day. My buddy sold his ticket that eventually covered the costs of an entire season.

After the game, like many students and fans, we flooded State Street to celebrate one of the significant victories of the later Alvarez years.


  • On our Facebook page tonight at 8:15 p.m. CST, we’ll do another B5Q Facebook Live. Tweet your questions with #B5QLive on Twitter and feel free to drop them in the comments once the video is live.
  • Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Tony Granato tweeted a link Tuesday morning to help former hockey player A.J. Degenhardt, who’s battling multiple sclerosis. Degenhardt was a member of the 2006 national championship team.
  • Former UW standout linebacker Jonathan Casillas appeared to be down in Cuba recently.