SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Malik Zaire has played just a little over two quarters of meaningful football at Notre Dame. He already knows the pressure of starting at quarterback for the Fighting Irish.
He need only examine the arc of Everett Golson's season.
From leading the Irish to a 6-0 start and joining the Heisman Trophy conversation, to a four-game losing streak and benching in the final game of the regular season at USC, Golson's rise and fall have opened the door for his understudy, Zaire.