Just a week after proclaiming that he would be operating with a two-quarterback system, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has made quarterback DeShone Kizer his man. Kizer will start under center for the Fighting Irish this weekend at home against Nevada, and Kizer believes he will be “the only guy at quarterback this weekend.”
The decision comes on the heels of a Notre Dame loss on the road to the Texas Longhorns, who ironically used a successful two-quarterback scheme to knock off the Fighting Irish. What was expected to be split time between Kizer and Malik Zaire, turned into the Kizer show, as the junior went 15-for-24 through the air with 215 passing yards and five touchdowns. He also carried the ball 13 times for 77 yards and another score. Zaire went just 2-for-5 for 23 yards passing and had three rushes for no yards.
The battle began a year ago when Zaire was the starter, Kizer the back-up. But a broken ankle to Zaire in Week 2 moved Kizer up the depth chart, and he would go on to toss 21 touchdowns and 2,884 passing yards while maintaining a 63 percent completion percentage. But in addition to being an aerial threat, Kizer also rushed for 520 yards and ten touchdowns.
A former four-star recruit from Toledo, Ohio, Kizer has secured the starting job for at least this coming Saturday against Nevada, who won their opener 30-27. The Irish have a loaded schedule on the horizon, with visits from Michigan State, Stanford, and Miami, all coming with the next seven weeks.