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Malik Zaire | Quarterback

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

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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. Dec 1 - 9:31 AM
Source: ESPN

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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
Nov 30 - 3:05 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.
Nov 29 - 6:28 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.
Sep 5 - 9:26 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
Feb 8 - 8:39 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

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