Zaire cleared, but scout team could be in future

Zaire cleared, but scout team could be in future
September 17, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Malik Zaire is in good standing with Notre Dame's doctors but not with its head coach.

The freshman quarterback tweeted Sunday he had been cleared to play for Notre Dame, coming after he missed his third straight game with mononucleosis. But in announcing to the world his return to contact, Zaire got himself in trouble for violating the team's information policy.

"He learned his lesson," Kelly said Tuesday. "He touched the stove, and we've managed that, gotten through it." 

The next step for Zaire, though, could be a move to the scout team — Kelly said Zaire will work with both the scout and varsity teams this week. Notre Dame only has three scholarship quarterbacks and was actively seeking someone to run the scout team during fall camp.

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Kelly had the luxury of having Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel run the scout team the last two seasons.

If Zaire is bumped to the scout team, it'll likely mean Notre Dame would preserve a year of the talented quarterback's eligibility. With Golson having two years of eligibility left when he returns from his suspension in the winter, that'd mean Zaire could be teed up to start his junior and senior years, as opposed to just his senior year if he played in 2013.

While Zaire was out with mono, Luke Massa — recruited to Notre Dame as a quarterback but converted to wide receiver — was tabbed as the team's No. 3 quarterback. Walk-on Charlie Fiessinger was also on Notre Dame's travel roster for last weekend's game against Purdue.