Wednesday afternoon, our own Kevin McGuire asked why Brian Kelly insisted on continuing to drag out the quarterback competition at Notre Dame when all signs pointed to one obvious decision. Wednesday night, the signal-calling nonsense seemingly came to its merciful end.
While his head coach has yet to publicly confirm it, DeShone Kizer spilled the goods on where the position stands, with the junior revealing that he, not Malik Zaire, will be the starter for this Saturday’s game against Nevada. Not only that, but it appears Kizer won’t share snaps with Zaire in the Week 2 game against the Group of Five program.
I had a conversation with coach Kelly today and he decided that this week that I was going to get the first snap for sure…he kind of congratulated me on fighting through the process and encouraged me to maintain the same mindset and just ensured me that I would be the guy on Saturday.
“As of now I’m expecting to be the only guy. The conversation was just more to let me know I would be the guy. We’ll see how the game goes. Obviously Malik is an amazing athlete and there’s going to come a time where you’re definitely going to see him on the field I believe. That hasn’t really been talked about too much. All I know is he told me to prepare to be the starter on Saturday, and that’s what I plan to do.
In the season-opening loss to Texas, Kizer hit on 15-of-24 passes for 215 yards and five touchdowns without a pick while also being the Irish’s second-leading rusher; he added a sixth touchdown on the ground. Zaire, meanwhile, attempted just five passes and completed two for 23 yards and rushed three times for zero yards.
The writing has seemingly been on the wall for quite a while that Kizer is the future at the position, which could lead to some not-so-unexpected offseason turnover at the position.
Malik Zaire is on track to graduate after the fall semester, which would open door for a grad transfer for spring semester, per his family.
— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) September 7, 2016