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College Football: Notre Dame quarterback spot still up for grabs

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Updated: September 3, 2014 6:16AM



SOUTH BEND — Brian Kelly doesn’t have a date in mind for when he’d like to name a starting quarterback.

“I’ll make the call when it’s clear, and I think that’s where it’s probably the most prudent time if you know it, if you know who the guy is going to be,” the Notre Dame coach said Friday. “You probably don’t want to wait. If you know who it is, you probably want to make it right around then. If you don’t know, you don’t know, and you just keep going until you find out.”

The Irish begin fall camp Monday at Culver Academies in Culver. And one of the most interesting aspects is the quarterback competition between Everett Golson and Malik Zaire.

“I think in an ideal world, I think every coach would want one quarterback that has clearly demonstrated a consistency, great leadership, and the ability to take you to a championship,” Kelly said. “And so if that guy shows himself, I’m ready to name him the quarterback on that day. I’m not playing a game where we are trying to create artificial competition within the ranks. I think we still have competition for that particular role to show itself.”

Golson was the starter in 2012, but missed all last year because of a suspension. Zaire did not see any action as a freshman in 2013.

Most assume Golson’s experience while helping Notre Dame reach the BCS national title game two seasons ago would give him the edge over Zaire. That’s not the case.

“I would argue that Everett road the bus to the championship,” Kelly said. “I think Malik has the ability to play winning football for us. And I want him to play championship football for us and so there’s a level that he has to get to.”

Kelly said it’s important that Zaire continues to gain the confidence that he can be “the star.” He want to see Zaire continue to develop and avoid “freshmen mistakes.”

“If (Zaire) does that I think he can go from a winning quarterback to a championship quarterback,” Kelly said. “Everett has to continue on that same ascent, and that’s why it’s a pretty situation to be in, quite frankly.

“I’m not in here complaining about our quarterback position. I’m actually pretty excited that I have two guys that are moving in a very good direction.”



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