Apr 12, 2014; Notre Dame, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Malik Zaire (8) hands the ball off to running back Greg Bryant (1) in the third quarter of the Blue-Gold game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football: Brian Kelly addresses QB situation after Malik Zaire shines in spring game

Saturday afternoon, head coach Brian Kelly and his Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team hit the field inside Notre Dame Stadium, and all eyes were on the much-anticipated return of quarterback Everett Golson following his year-long suspension in 2013. However, once the action started to play out, the attention quickly turned to his competition, sophomore Malik Zaire.

While Golson struggled to find a good rhythm throughout, Zaire seemed to have no issues running the Fighting Irish offense, finishing the afternoon with 292 yards on 18-of-27 passing with two scoring strikes and no interceptions.

Everyone in attendance and those watching on TV around the country could quickly figure out that this will not be a situation where Golson will just be handed his job back, and Kelly now definitively knows that as well.

“We should be as coaches and myself, personally, I should be able to figure this thing out, and we should be able to get our players in a position where we can have a starting quarterback,” Kelly said.

“So I’ve been doing it long enough that I would hope that I can figure it out come time to play Rice.”

If anyone can remember, Zaire was the sixth-ranked dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school in the 2013 class, so there was a good possibility that the day would come where Kelly would have to choose between Golson and Zaire, and that time–after what we saw yesterday–is now.

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