Brian Kelly says Notre Dame offense will not be harmed by quarterback competition


By: Tom Coyne/AP Sports Writer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says he won’t let the competition for the starting quarterback job between DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire keep Notre Dame’s offense from establishing an identity.

Kelly said after practice Wednesday that he will avoid the problem that plagued Ohio State last season, when they struggled to find an identity behind Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett. Kelly says he will make sure that doesn’t happen with the Irish, saying the offense will have an identity.

Kelly says it’s been hard to evaluate the competition because Zaire is still learning some of the offense that was installed after he sustained a broken ankle in the second game last season.

Kelly says no matter what happens, he knows someone isn’t going to be happy.