They say if you have two quarterbacks you don’t have one, but they haven’t met Notre Dame’s 2016 quarterbacks roster.
As you’ll recall, Malik Zaire played like a Heisman candidate through a game and a half, hitting 26-of-40 throws for 428 yards with four touchdowns and no picks whilst rushing 19 times for 103 yards before being lost for the season to a broken ankle against Virginia.
DeShone Kizer played the rest of the season, connecting on 63 percent of his passes for 2,880 yards with 21 scores and 10 picks while adding 508 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground as a freshman.
Now both are healthy entering fall camp, and head coach Brian Kelly is enjoying his options.
“I have not taken anything off the table, honestly,” Kelly told the Associated Press. “If you go down the roster … and look at the playmakers on offense, two of them are on the quarterback side. So I have to look at all of those, and factor every one of those in.”
Kelly said there is no timetable for choosing a starter ahead of the Sept. 4 opener at Texas, and added that the pair’s similarities make them largely interchangeable in the offense.
“They have some strengths and weaknesses within the offense that we’ll tweak just a little bit, but there’s no overhaul of the offense if one is in vs. the other. There’s just some play selections that would be different,” he said. “So we can still lay down our entire installation seamlessly.”
For his part, Kizer closed last season as the starter and feels he can hold on to the job again this year.
“This is what I came here to do, to compete and try to be the Notre Dame quarterback,” Kizer said. “I’m pretty happy with where I stand. Now it’s time to go out there and prove it.”