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Malik Zaire | Quarterback

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 222

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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told Bruce Feldman that junior QB Malik Zaire and redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer will compete for the starting job this offseason.
"We’ll let those two kids... compete old-fashion (for the starting job). It’ll be wide open and let the best man win," Kelly said. The head coach is in a unique position among his peers, boasting two solid starters at a position where such players can be tough to come by. Zaire opened last season as the starter after winning the job in an offseason competition against Everett Golson, who eventually transferred. Zaire is still recovering from a right ankle injury, but signs point to a return for spring practice. Feb 8 - 8:39 AM
Source: Fox Sports

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Notre Dame sophomore QB Malik Zaire's boot will be removed in two weeks.

Zaire has been sporting the boot since fracturing his right ankle. We doubt Zaire will play at all this season, as Notre Dame has always pointed to spring practice for his return date. It helps that DeShone Kizer is playing at a high level.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 10:57:00 AM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly hopes to have redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire (ankle) back in the spring.

Zaire is out for the season with a fractured right ankle suffered in Saturday’s win at Virginia. He showed NFL traits in limited action. Redshirt freshman Deshone Kizer is now the starter.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 06:24:00 PM

Notre Dame starting redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured right ankle.

Zaire's ankle bent awkwardly at the end of a scramble and he needed help getting off the field after attempting to walk on it. Zaire won the starting gig over Everett Golson during the offseason, leading Golson to transfer. Redshirt freshman Deshone Kizer entered the game against Virginia and helped Notre Dame earn the victory.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 07:34:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire injured his right ankle against Virginia and was unable to put weight on it.

Zaire was unable to walk off on his own and was helped off. We are not doctors, but it does not look promising. Prior to exiting, Zaire completed 7 of 18 attempts for 115 yards and a beautiful 59 yard touchdown bomb. He added another 87 yards on the ground. Zaire is now being carted off the sideline. Sophomore Deshone Kizer is likely the backup.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 06:04:00 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly indicated that redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire is not letting his success against Texas on Saturday change his practice habits.

HC Kelly praised Zaire's steadiness, even as the national media hype for the 6-foot-1, 208-pound redshirt sophomore has ratcheted up in the wake of Notre Dame's 38-3 win over Texas. In that contest, Zaire completed 19-of-22 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns. A letdown performance in Saturday's road contest with Virginia is in play, but we will continue to ride with Zaire as a strong option in DFS until he gives us reason to reconsider that opinion. We like him to best his 16 rushing yards from Week 1 even if he's unable to match his 86.4 completion-percentage mark.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 09:49:00 PM

In breaking down Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire, Virginia HC Mike London said that he's an "accomplished runner" who is "such a focal point of their offense."

"And I'm quite sure, like everyone else, [Zaire] look[s] for a better performance of everything [he] do[es]," said London, whose Virginia team will host the Fighting Irish next Saturday. It would be difficult for Zaire to improve upon his numbers from Saturday's beatdown of Texas, though, as the 6-foot-1, 208-pound gunslinger completed 19-of-22 passes for 313 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Given how easily true freshman Josh Rosen sliced up the Cavaliers over the weekend, Zaire should be considered a relatively safe pick in daily fantasy formats. He rushed for just 16 yards against Texas, which might stand safely as his season-low by the time all is said and done.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 03:01:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire completed 19-of-22 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 38-3 win over Texas.

By completing 86.4% of his passes, Zaire now holds the second highest mark for a single-game completion percentage in school history. Two of his three touchdowns went to Will Fuller (16 yards, 66 yards), while the other was a six-yarder to Chris Brown. The 6-foot-1, 218-pound redshirt sophomore also rushed nine times, though he netted just 16 yards on those carries.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 12:45:00 AM

Texas HC Charlie Strong said that Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire's ability to throw the deep ball "is amazing."

Strong specifically watched film of the Music City Bowl, which saw Zaire complete 12-of-15 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown while rushing 22 time for 96 yards on the ground against LSU. He noted that "[Zaire]'s deep throw is amazing where he gets the ball and he hangs it out there and he can throw it a long ways. He’s a runner that can beat you with his speed and he can throw the ball very well." The 6-foot-1, 208-pound redshirt sophomore is a potential breakout candidate with the Fighting Irish this season. Notre Dame opens against Texas on Saturday.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 03:47:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire was only pressured on six of his 40 dropbacks in 2014.

As our friends at CFB Film Room say, Zaire's success under pressure is a big unknown. On those six snaps, Zaire completed 2 of 4 attempts, scrambled once and took one sack. Brian Kelly expressed his frustration with former starter Everett Golson on a number of occasions, mainly for his willingness to turn the ball over. Kelly could stress efficiency with Zaire.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 08:56:00 AM

Notre Dame junior WR Corey Robinson indicated that redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire has stepped up as a leader.

Zaire benefits from stepping into the vacuum left by talented-but-erratic quarterback Everett Golson. Robinson said that "in the last two months, [Zaire] has really shown that he can be the quarterback. The guy." We agree. Zaire has the arm strength and speed to put up a potential breakout season. Last season, he went 21-of-35 for 266 yards and a touchdown while rushing 33 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns in limited opportunities.
Source: ND Insider
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 04:37:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire "has a great arm combined with explosive speed" and "a deep receiving corps and one of the nations' best offensive lines," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"There's a reason [Everett] Golson left," Brown wrote. Notre Dame returns 67 career starts along the offensive line as well as explosive talent at the skill positions, as Brown noted. The draft analyst ranks Zaire as the No. 24 signal-caller in the nation. In limited action last year, Zaire completed 21-of-35 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown and rushed 33 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 08:30:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire is "in a good spot for success, and now there’s no looking over his shoulder," observed ESPN's Travis Haney.

"Some coaches are wondering why coach Brian Kelly didn’t pull the plug earlier on [Everett] Golson, who became a turnover machine in the middle portion of the season, in favor of Zaire," Haney wrote. "Zaire, who will likely be more of a run threat than Golson, has experience around him at virtually every offensive position. It’s his job." Zaire is in a tremendous position to start quickly. Notre Dame returns 67 career starts along the offensive line, boasts a nice RB duo in Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant, and has a dangerous outside weapon in William Fuller.
Mon, Jun 8, 2015 09:38:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire is the undisputed starter following the transfer of Everett Golson.

It's basically been Zaire's job since late last season, but the southpaw surely breathed a sigh of relief when Golson announced he would sign with Florida State. Zaire could be in line for quite the breakout season. Notre Dame's offensive line returns 67 career starts, Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant are a nice RB duo and William Fuller is a dangerous weapon outside. "I believe Brian Kelly's team is a legit playoff contender," wrote Stewart Mandel.
Source: Fox Sports
Tue, May 19, 2015 07:58:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt freshman QB Malik Zaire went 12-for-15 passing for 96 yards and a touchdown and ran for 96 yards and another score in Tuesday's 31-28 victory over LSU in the Music City Bowl.

Zaire couldn't have played much better in his first collegiate start, coming against one of the nation's best defenses, to boot. Everett Golson, meanwhile, went 6-for-11 for 90 yards off the bench. After Brian Kelly decided to start Zaire in this game, and Zaire clearly outplayed Golson, it would be a surprise if Golson returns to school next year. He could opt into the draft, but a horrible two-month-plus stretch of football has decimated his stock to the point that it wouldn't be a surprise if he went undrafted. Golson could also transfer and retain immediate eligibility as a graduate.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 07:38:00 PM