“There were definitely conversations about it,” Kelly said. “We had some guys that we had targeted that we had looked at. But as we moved forward, we looked at some future players that we had and were recruiting, and we didn’t want to crowd the space for them. That, ultimately, made our decision as to how we were going to move forward with the quarterback position.”
Junior Malik Zaire is expected to be the starter in 2015. Zaire appeared in seven games last season for Notre Dame, completing 21-of-35 passes for 266 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for two touchdowns on the ground.
The Irish finished 8–5 in 2014, losing their final four regular season games before defeating LSU in the Music City Bowl.
- Molly Geary