Malik Zaire stars in Notre Dame Blue-Gold game

Malik Zaire stars in Notre Dame Blue-Gold game
April 12, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Everett Golson's much-anticipated return to the field was overshadowed by the man he's competing with for Notre Dame's starting quarterback job.

Zaire, who is projected to be the team's backup quarterback, dazzled during the 85th annual Blue-Gold spring game on Saturday afternoon that the Fighting Irish offense beat the defense, 63-59.

Zaire finished the game by completing 18-25 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns.

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On the first drive of the day, Zaire showed great touch on a deep pass to Will Fuller which set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Cam McDaniel.

On his second series, Zaire possessed great zip on the ball when he found Amir Carlisle on a slant for a red-zone touchdown.

"I'm happy we got to get out here and play with all these guys," Zaire told NBC Sports Network sideline reporter Alex Flanagan after the game.

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Golson, who made his first Notre Dame Stadium appearance since last year's Blue-Gold game, looked rusty on his first drive.

He missed a wide open Corey Robinson on a deep ball that would have resulted in a touchdown. Golson was better during his second series. This time he connected with Robinson on a deep fade, and finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown scamper.

Golson's numbers on the day were 13-24 for 154 yards and no interceptions.

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"It wasn't as good as I waned to be to be honest," Golson said. "I Could have been better. We have some things that we want to get right. I like our progress though."

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wouldn't get too far ahead of himself regarding either quarterbacks performance against a defense that consisted of a mix of both starters and reserves.

Kelly made it clear after the spring game that he wants a clear starter, and that the quarterback competition will go into preseason camp.