In the second game of the season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish suffered a big loss when quarterback Malik Zaire went down with a nasty ankle injury. However, DeShone Kizer came in and did a nice job for the Irish and has them at 8-1 and ranked sixth in the country, with their only loss being a two-point deficit to the number one team in the country.
It seems as though the team could have a bit of a controversy at the quarterback position very soon. According to College Football Talk, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly reported that Zaire is scheduled to have his walking boot removed in two weeks.
This likely means that Zaire can either sit out the last few games and get an extra year of eligibility on a medical hardship waiver or he can suit up and play the last few games for the Irish. Right now, it would probably be in everyone’s best interest for Zaire to stay on the sidelines.
Kizer has done a terrific job for the Irish so far this year. He has thrown for 1,931 yards and sixteen touchdowns against just six interceptions, while rushing for 308 yards and seven more scores.
It would be best for Zaire to focus on graduating, that way he could either transfer, much like Everett Golson did, or stick around and have a two-headed attack with Kizer.
There is no guarantee what Zaire will do, but right now, Kizer has done a terrific job. Let him finish out this season and see if he can bring a national championship home to South Bend.
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