Notre Dame lost starting quarterback Malik Zaire for the season in Saturday’s win at Virginia. A severe ankle injury required the Irish quarterback to undergo surgery Sunday morning. He has already returned to Notre Dame’s campus and is targetting a return to the team in the spring.
That’s the hope for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, who seemed to be optimistic about having his starting quarterback back in plenty of time to get back ion shape for the 2016 season. With Zaire down for the count in Week 2 and Everett Golson having transferred to Florida State in the offseason, Kelly now must keep Notre Dame in any playoff hunt with redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer under center. That worked out well on Saturday as Kizer came in and managed to throw a game-winning touchdown
“He can win games for us,” Kelly said of Kizer, per David Hale of ESPN.com. “But I want to win a championship with him. We need to get him to the next level.”
Kizer will now get a full week of practice with the first team to develop a bit more chemistry. Notre Dame will return home this weekend for another game against an ACC team, Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have been rumbling early and should pose a serious threat to Notre Dame’s early unbeaten mark.