Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire To Make First Career Start vs. LSU In Music City Bowl

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have a new starting quarterback against LSU in the Music City Bowl on Tuesday, as Brian Kelly has lifted the turnover-prone Everett Golson for redshirt freshman Malik Zaire.

It will mark Zaire's first career start for the Irish.

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Per Matt Fortuna of, Golson is expected to see playing time as well, but the onus will be on Zaire to get the proverbial ball rolling in Nashville.

The left-handed Zaire relieved Golson during Notre Dame's 49-14 loss to USC in the regular-season finale. He completed 9 of 20 passes for 170 yards in that contest, and showed his mobility with 18 rushing yards and a touchdown on six carries.

The Irish sprinted to a 6-0 start and vaulted as high as #5 in the Associated Press poll this season before dropping five of their last six contests, including their final four games. Golson's turnover problems have been a noted problem for the team during its fall from the top of the college football world, with Golson having committed 22 giveaways (14 interceptions, 8 fumbles lost) in the team's last nine games.

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