ESPN's Scott Van Pelt offered his thoughts on the quarterback "controversy" brewing at Notre Dame and with head coach Brian Kelly's decision to play both.
Personally I agree with SVP here. You really can't go wrong with either QB: Malik Zaire or Deshone Kizer. Both are dynamite college quarterbacks who can throw and run with the best of them. They both have plenty of experience. Both seem to be good leaders and teammates also.
If anyone can handle multiple QB's it's Kelly. BK handled it perfectly in the 2014 bowl game win vs LSU with Zaire starting but letting Everett Golson get plenty of snaps too. Opposing defensive coordinators can't game plan two QBs so if anything it should be a major advantage for ND going into Austin to play Texas.
Brian Kelly announced today that both Malik Zaire and Deshone Kizer will play in the season opener vs Texas. But he hasn't named a starter.
Brian Kelly: Both Kizer and Zaire will play against Texas https://t.co/AQ1PULy3JC— Notre Dame on NBC (@NDonNBC) August 17, 2016
Brian Kelly said he’d consider playing Zaire and Kizer at the same time. How? “I couldn’t tell you."— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) August 17, 2016
In an extensive interview with Matt Hayes at Bleacher Report Clemson quarterback and preseason Heisman Trophy favorite Deshaun Watson claims he wants to be the next franchise quarterback for his hometown Atlanta Falcons.
"Hayes: If you had your choice, where would you play in the NFL?
Watson: If I'm fortunate enough to play in the NFL, anywhere for anybody would be great. But if I had to pick, it would be the hometown [Atlanta] Falcons because I used to work for them. I was one of the kids who sold Cokes in the stadium. It was a lot of fun being around that environment, watching games and visualizing being there when I got older.
But I guess it will be a new stadium next year, so no more dreams of playing in the Georgia Dome for the Falcons. I don't think there would be any pressure playing for my hometown team. It would be fun. I'd just do the same thing I did before and build on it."
You got my attention dear Watson.
As an Atlanta Falcons fan I can only dream of seeing the hometown guy come back to the team he once worked for as a kid and throw winning touchdowns to the great Julio Jones in a Falcons helmet. But like all dreams the reality is the Falcons have a QB right now in Matt Ryan whom they are paying a lot of money. They will also probably need the #1 overall draft pick to get Watson. In other words it's not likely to happen. In order for the Falcons to get Watson they would have to tank the season (it's possible with their difficult schedule) and hope they luck out with other teams not being so shitty to get #1 overall pick. Then they would have to trade Ryan because you can't have two franchise quarterbacks on the same roster. I just don't see a lot of teams vying to get Ryan who has as many career playoff wins as Tim Tebow.
In other words it's a pipe dream. But as a Falcons fan it's great to actually hear someone say they want to strap on the Dirty Birds gear and play in the new stadium. To top it all off it's arguably the best player in college football right now. Man if only dreams could come true it would be great to wake up and see Deshaun Watson throwing seeds in the black and red.
Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh was not a happy camper and stormed out of a press conference when media members asked about the suspensions of two of his players. Harbaugh who is known, how do I say politely, "odd" at times went into a bit of a silent rage when questioned about the status of Shelton Johnson and Ahmir Mitchell. Both players have been suspended but Harbaugh did not even want to name their names or reasons why they were suspended. You can't fault the Ann Arbor media for doing their job.
Here is video of the incident. You be the judge.
Man I feel genuinely awful for Georgia State football right now. They are going to receive a royal ass kicking on September 10th when they face Air Force in these killer Sharktooth helmets.
Count me 100% in. I didn't even need Darth Vader at the end but that just put the cherry on top of goosebump city. December can't get here fast enough.
WatchND's Jack Nolan talked with Notre Dame offensive coordinator and quarterback's coach Mike Sanford about the on going battle for the starting quarterback position in fall camp yesterday.
What we learned from Sanford is between Deshone Kizer and Malik Zaire the offense can virtually remain the same no matter who is behind center. This is a great thing in terms of running the offense crisply even if one of the two goes down with an injury. The coaching staff feels like the experience from both players should be a huge advantage but they need to work with their receivers who are on the opposite side of the experience spectrum.
The receivers are very young but extremely talented and whichever QB can get on the same page with them during fall camp will win the starting job according to Sanford.