One will start. The other will play.
That’s Brian Kelly’s stance on the quarterback position moving forward, as the Notre Dame head coach revealed Wednesday during Media Day that both Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer will play at Texas.
While it’s not clear who will start, Kelly left no doubt about their participation.
“They’re too good,” Kelly said.
Kelly didn’t rule out both quarterbacks playing at the same time, although that seems difficult to imagine on opening night in Austin. What does seem secure is the fact Kelly will welcome the circus of a quarterback rotation that could be by series or within each series. That’s how Zaire and Everett Golson rotated during the Music City Bowl.
Kelly knows this decision will create more game day work for his staff.
“Both of their skill sets simply have slight differences, but both of them are playmakers,” Kelly said. “If I list our top five playmakers, they're in it. My ultimate decision was I can’t put one of those guys on the sideline against Texas.”
Kelly said he could reevaluate the quarterback situation leaving Texas depending on the performance, but he’s also aware of how good Kizer and Zaire have been during camp. He said they’ve thrown two interceptions in a combined 250+ scrimmage reps to date.
Kelly doesn’t see that quality changing, which is why he’s reversed from his spring stance of picking one quarterback and sticking with him all season.
Look for more on Notre Dame’s quarterback situation later today on Irish Illustrated.