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Malik Zaire | Quarterback

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

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The Gators and Notre Dame grad transfer QB Malik Zaire have mutual interest, according to 247 Sports.
Not only that, but 247 Sports reports that "Florida feels confident it can land him." There's a big snag, though. Florida is prohibited by the SEC from accepting graduate transfers at the moment because OL Mason Halter and LB Anthony Harrell didn't meet academic benchmark requirements upon transferring in 2015. The fallout was a three-year penalty featuring a moratorium on signing grad transfers. Florida needs that rule to be overturned by the league post haste to sign Zaire, and UF coach Jim McElwain thinks that it might be. "Well it’s one that hurt us actually," McElwain said. "With the two guys that we took that first year — or I guess second year or whatever it was, first year, second year — and yet it’s something that they’re going to look at, because we’re unique to any other conference in the NCAA as far as those requirements." If Florida ends up with Zaire, he would compete with Luke Del Rio, Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask for the starting gig. Apr 3 - 1:51 PM
Source: 247 Sports

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Chip Brown of Horns Digest reports that Texas will pursue Notre Dame senior QB Malik Zaire as a graduate transfer.

Texas whiffed in its chase of LSU quarterback Brandon Harris -- Harris chose North Carolina -- and will now turn its attention to another marquee grad transfer. Horns HC Tom Herman has expressed interest in adding a veteran signal-caller to compete with sophomore Shane Buechele (the incumbent starter) and true freshman Sam Ehlinger. According to reports, Zaire was considering Wisconsin, Baylor and North Carolina immediately after he announced he'd leave Notre Dame. Since then, both Baylor and UNC have signed grad transfer quarterbacks.
Source: Scout
Mar 27 - 2:59 PM

Notre Dame graduate QB Malik Zaire will not make his transfer choice until April.

This, according to Zaire's father. The quarterback will continue to train in the offseason, but he will not be an early-enrollee at his eventual new program. This means that he will not participate in spring practice at said eventual new program. Wisconsin, North Carolina and Florida have been floated as potential future homes for Zaire. Once the 6-foot, 222-pounder settles on a fresh program, he will likely enroll for summer work.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 08:03:00 PM

Notre Dame graduate QB Malik Zaire delayed his transfer decision announcement.

We believe this is in relation to UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky's upcoming announcement. Zaire is reportedly deciding between UNC and Wisconsin, and one of those teams has a quarterback. If connecting the dots is appropriate here, Zaire might have already chosen Wisconsin if that was his top choice, as the path to the starting job is clear there. Is UNC his preferred destination?
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 06:22:00 PM

With former Notre Dame graduate QB Malik Zaire down to Wisconsin and UNC, 247 Sports' Tom Loy reports the Badgers are likely in the lead to land the transfer passer.

"I’ve been digging into this and from what I can gather, people connected with Wisconsin’s program are much more confident than North Carolina at this point," Loy writes. The initial thought was Zaire would land at UNC, but that seems to have changed. However, a decision might not be made quickly, as both programs are still recruiting the quarterback. Expect Zaire to start for whatever school he calls home next.
Source: 247 Sports
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 09:36:00 AM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Malik Zaire is visiting Wisconsin and UNC this week, according to Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated.

Zaire is visiting Wisconsin on Wednesday and UNC on Friday. UNC was not in consideration at first due to release restrictions, but those have now been lifted and Zaire could find his way onto a team Notre Dame plays next season. Sampson notes Auburn has shown interest in Zaire, but "but Zaire’s desire to get away from a run-first spread offense is likely to kill off that courtship before it starts." Florida is on probation form graduate transfers.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:01:00 AM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Malik Zaire's release from scholarship is now unconditional, according to ESPN's Matt Fortuna.

Zaire initially stated he was not allowed to transfer to programs on Notre Dame's 2017 schedule outside of UNC, but that has seemingly changed. That means Temple, Georgia, Boston College, Michigan State, Miami of Ohio, UNC, USC, NC State, Wake Forest, Miami (Florida), Navy and Stanford are all open to be Zaire's next destination. If we had to pick one, it would be North Carolina, as the school seems to be taking steps with the mindset that quarterback Mitch Trubisky is going to the NFL. Zaire will be eligible immediately, as he is set to graduate in December. Fortuna reports Zaire is also looking at Florida, Michigan State, Pitt and Wisconsin.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 09:31:00 AM

Notre Dame granted junior QB Malik Zaire his release but blocked him from all but one school on the 2017 schedule.

The Fighting Irish told Zaire that he cannot transfer to any team on Notre Dame's 2017 schedule except North Carolina. That means that Temple, Georgia, Boston College, Michigan State, Miami of Ohio, UNC, USC, NC State, Wake Forest, Miami (Florida), Navy and Stanford are out. The Spartans had previously been rumored as a frontrunner. Now, it seems Florida, Pitt and Wisconsin are the leaders in the clubhouse. Zaire had a 59.2 completion percentage for 816 yards and a 6/0 TD/INT rate at Notre Dame.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 03:05:00 PM's Peter Sampson reports that Notre Dame junior QB Malik Zaire is expected to be granted his release on Wednesday.

With Notre Dame not bowl eligible, Zaire can commence his transfer search immediately. Zaire appeared in just eight games this season after battling it out with DeShone Kizer for starting rights over the summer. In that space, the 6-foot, 222-pounder completed 11-of-23 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 34 yards. Zaire's development has been put to the test over the past two seasons, as he suffered a season-ending right-ankle fracture early in the 2015 campaign before losing out on the bulk of the 2016 quarterbacking work. Potential transfer destinations are not yet known.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 06:28:00 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong told reporters the plan was to "load the box" when Notre Dame junior QB Malik Zaire was in the game to take away the run.

This certainly does not shine a positive light on Zaire's ability to throw the ball. We think Zaire is very talented, and would start for nearly every other team in the country, but Sunday's game against Texas was not a good performance. Brian Kelly, however, continued to rotate quarterbacks, despite DeShone Kizer displaying his superior talent and success. Kelly suggest Zaire would still see the field in games.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 09:26:00 AM

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.
Source: Fox Sports
Mon, Feb 8, 2016 08:39:00 AM

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