Kizer: Under Construction

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Our sixth of 22 (and counting?) "Eye in the Sky" film reviews for Notre Dame's incoming pledges examines the lone committed quarterback for the 2014 cycle, DeShone Kizer, and how he could improve head coach Brian Kelly's Irish roster in future seasons.

Ranked 17th among quarterbacks and 263rd overall among the nation's prospects per, Kizer's downfield passing skills coupled with ability to tuck-and-run are an ideal match for Notre Dame's preferred method of attack.

Below is a film review of Kizer with an eye toward how he can help the Irish program following at least one, if not two seasons of study under Kelly, new quarterback coach Matt LaFleur, and presumed two-year starter at the position, Everett Golson.

Strengths and areas for development

Has natural elusiveness and quick feet coupled with a long gait that will help him to continue to outrun defenders at the next level…Is far more football player than quarterback at this point but his frame and arm provide the base Kelly needs to mold a major college program starter in the future…Keeps his eyes downfield on the move and has the arm to get it there…Winds up to throw, however…Decisive when running the read option and competitive downfield…Navigates and runs through traffic well and doesn't lose speed when he stops/starts, impressive at his size…

Nice touch on the deep ball, the kind you don't teach…What must be taught, however, is college-level intermediate passing when the first option in a play is covered…Good field presence, naturally leading his offense…Has a whip motion to his throws at times - athletic throws Kelly covets, but fundamentals first…

DeShone Kizer

Has a head for the game if not ready-made polish in the pocket…Repetition will improve consistency. He has the velocity and notably, the mind and touch on passes to succeed…Showed huge improvement between junior and senior season film in terms of his throwing motion, benefitting greatly from extra work at prestigious summer camps including The Opening and Elite 11…

Kizer and current redshirt freshman Malik Zaire (2017 eligibility) are headed for an exciting quarterback competition following 2015 assuming Golson progresses over the next 26 games and locks down the job.

Road blocks to playing time

Assuming Everett Golson remains healthy for two years, Kizer and redshirt-freshman Malik Zaire have a battle for playing time that begins following the 2015 season. That's good news for Kizer who will benefit greatly from two seasons in a college program under new quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur's tutelage.

Kizer could come in and win a game if called upon as a true freshman, but only time, film study and repetition will make him a championship level triggerman.

Reminiscent of… Former Nevada "Pistol" triggerman, Colin Kaepernick, in his gait, ability to outrun pursuit, elongated throwing motion, and as a one- to two-read quarterback as he enters college.

Kizer Junior Highlights (Bottom Left)

Kizer Senior Highlights

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