#14 DeShone Kizer
KIZER’S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS:Single-Game Rushing Yards By Quarterback (Oct. 31, 2015 at Temple, 143, 2nd);Single-Game Touchdown Passes (Nov. 7, 2015 at Pittsburgh, 5, t-2nd);Single-Game Rushing Yards By Quarterback (Nov. 28, 2015 at Stanford, 128, 5th);Single-Game Total Offense (Oct. 31, 2015 at Temple, 442, 7th);Single-Season Rushing Touchdowns By Quarterback (2015, 10, 1st);Single-Season Rushing Yards By Quarterback (2015, 520, 4th);Single-Season Completion Percentage (2015, 63.0, 4th);Single-Season Points Responsibility (2015, 188, 4th);Single-Season Total Offense (2015, 3,404, 5th);Single-Season Points Responsibility Per Game (2015, 14.5, 5th);Single-Season Offensive Plays (2015, 469, 6th);Single-Season Total Offense Per Game (2015, 261.8, 7th);Single-Season Total Offense Per Attempt (2015, 7.26, 7th);Single-Season Touchdown Passes (2015, 21, 7th);Single-Season Efficiency Rating (2015, 150.0, 7th);Single-Season Passing Yards (2015, 2,884, 7th);Single-Season 300-yard Passing Games (2015, 2, t-7th);Single-Season Pass Completions (2015, 211, 8th);Single-Season Pass Attempts (2015, 335, 9th);Single-Season Passing Yards Per Game (2015, 221.8, 10th);Career Completion Percentage (2015-, 63.0, 1st);Career Total Offense Per Game (2015-, 261.8, 1st);Career Points Responsibility Per Game (2015-, 14.5, 1st);Career Efficiency Rating (2015-, 150.0, 2nd);Career Total Offense Per Attempt (2015-, 7.26, 4th);Career Pass Attempts Per Game (2015-, 25.8, 4th);Career Pass Completions Per Game (2015-, 16.2, 4th);Career Passing Yards Per Game (2015-, 221.8, 4th);Career Passing Yards Per Attempt (2015-, 8.61, 5th);Career 300-yard Passing Games (2015, 2, t-5th);Lowest Career Interception Percentage (2015-, 2.99, 7th)
KIZER’S HONORS & AWARDS:Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List (2016);Davey O’Brien Award Watch List (2016);Maxwell Award Watch List (2016);Notre Dame Offensive Newcomer of the Year (2015);O’Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention (9.15.15);O’Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention (10.18.15);O’Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention (11.3.15);FWAA/AutoNation National Offensive Player of the Week (11.3.15);Manning Award Stars of the Week (11.9.15);O’Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention (11.9.15);
KIZER’S CAREER HIGHS:Points scored: 12, 2x, last vs. Wake Forest, Nov. 14, 2015;Touchdowns: 2, 2x, last vs. Wake Forest, Nov. 14, 2015;Rush attempts: 17, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015;Rush yards: 143, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015 (17 carries);Rush TDs: 2, 2x, last vs. Wake Forest, Nov. 14, 2015;Long rush: 79, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015;Pass attempts: 39, vs. Boston College, Nov. 21, 2015;Pass completions: 23, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015;Pass yards: 324, vs. Boston College, Nov. 21, 2015;Pass TDs: 5, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 7, 2015;Long pass: 81, vs. Ohio State, Jan. 1, 2016;Total offense attempts: 53, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015 (17 rush, 36 pass);Total offense yards: 442, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015 (143 rush, 299 pass);All-purpose yards: 143, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015;Punt attempts: 2, vs. USC, Oct. 17, 2015;Punt yards: 81, vs. USC, Oct. 17, 2015;Longest punt: 43, vs. USC, Oct. 17, 2015
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): Played in all 13 games, starting each of the final 11 contests…helped the Irish to three wins when trailing in the fourth quarter (Virginia, USC and Temple)…his career .630 completion percentage (211 of 335), 261.8 total offense yards per game and 14.5 points responsibility per game figures all rank best on the Notre Dame career chart…his 150.0 career passing efficiency rating ranks just behind Irish record-holder Kevin McDougal’s 154.4 (1990-93)…owns 8-3 (.727) record as a starting quarterback at Notre Dame…ranked 12th in the FBS in rushing TDs by a quarterback (10), 17th in passing yards per attempt (8.61), 22nd in points responsible for per game (14.9), 24th in passing efficiency (150.0), 25th in passing yards per completion (13.67), 27th in points responsible for (188), 33rd in total offense per game (261.8), 34th in completions percentage (63.0), 36th in passing TDs (21), 40th in passing yards (2,884), 45th in passing yards per game (221.8), 58th in rushing TDs (10) and 64th in completions per game (16.23)…threw for at least two TD passes in seven of Notre Dame’s 13 games, tossing five against Pittsburgh (Nov. 7) and two against Virginia (Sept. 12), UMass (Sept. 26), Clemson (Oct. 3), USC (Oct. 17), Boston College (Nov. 21) and Ohio State (Jan. 1)…eclipsed 300 yards passing twice, throwing for 321 at Clemson (Oct. 3) and 324 against Boston College (Nov. 21)…threw for at least 200 yards in 10 of 13 games…ranked second on the Irish with 10 rushing TDs and third with 520 rushing yards…his 10 rushing TDs broke the single-season school record for quarterbacks…responsible for 56.1 percent of Notre Dame’s total offense yards…one of six Notre Dame quarterbacks with at least 3,000 total yards in a single season, joining Brady Quinn, Everett Golson, Jimmy Clausen, Jarious Jackson and Tommy Rees…responsible for 31 TDs (21 TD passes and 10 TD runs)…ranked among the top-five in the following single-season categories: rushing yards by quarterback (4th), completion percentage (4th), points responsibility (4th), total offense (5th) and points responsibility per game (5th)…five TD passes at Pittsburgh (Nov. 7) tied for the second-most in single-game school history and matched a school road-game record…accounted for 36 points against the Panthers (five passing TDs and one rushing TD), which tied for the second-most in school history and setting a road-game record…threw 21 TD passes, the most by an Irish first-year starting quarterback and seventh most in single-season school history…recorded two 100-yard rushing games, both on the road against ranked teams, gaining 143 on the ground at No. 21 Temple (Oct. 31) and 128 at No. 9 Stanford (Nov. 28)…the rushing efforts against the Owls and Cardinal rank second and fifth, respectively, in single-game rushing yards by an Irish quarterback…became the second Notre Dame player (Jarious Jackson) to throw for 200 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game (vs. No. 21 Temple and No. 9 Stanford)…became the first Irish player to accomplish the feat on more than one occasion…his 79-yard TD run at Temple was the second-longest rush ever by an Irish quarterback and the longest on a conventional play from scrimmage (record 80-yard run came on a fake punt by Blair Kiel at Arizona in 1980)…threw for 234 yards and a TD, and ran for another 128 and a TD, in the defeat at No. 9 Stanford…led the Irish on a 15-play, 88-yard go-ahead TD drive late fourth against the Cardinal — third go-ahead scoring march by the Irish late in the fourth quarter (joining an 80-yard march to the end zone to beat Virginia with 12 seconds left and a 75-yard march to pay dirt with 2:09 to play to beat Temple)…led the Irish to a win at Virginia (Sept. 12) with 12 seconds to play and one at Temple with 2:09 to play, becoming the first Notre Dame player to throw a game-winning TD pass in the final 5:00 of a game twice in the same season…at 12 seconds, the Virginia game marked the latest game-winning TD pass in regulation in Notre Dame history…in five starts vs. top-25 opponents (No. 14 Georgia Tech, at No. 12 Clemson, at No. 21 Temple, at No. 9 Stanford and No. 8 Ohio State), registered a .605 completion percentage (98 of 162) and 140.14 passing efficiency rating, threw for 1,380 yards and seven TDs, rushed for 353 yards and five TDs, and recorded 1,733 total yards…made first-career start in the win over 14th-ranked Georgia Tech, throwing for 242 yards and one TD…most passing yards by a first-time starter since Brady Quinn threw for 297 yards against Purdue on Sept. 27, 2003, and the most in a Notre Dame victory since Ron Powlus finished with 291 yards through the air in a 42-15 win over Northwestern on Sept. 3, 1994…completed 19 of 34 passes for 321 yards and two TDs at No. 12 Clemson (Oct. 3) — his first career start on the road (helped the Irish draw within a two-point conversion of completing an 18-point fourth quarter comeback)…the 321 passing yards are the second-most by an Irish signal caller in his first career road start, exceeded only by the 369 yards of passing from Dayne Crist at Michigan State in 2010…he also led the Irish on the ground with 55 rushing yards on 14 carries and a three-yard TD against the Tigers…had both a rushing and passing TD in three straight games (vs. UMass, Clemson and Navy) — first time an Irish signal caller both ran and threw for a TD in three consecutive games since Rick Mirer had a run of four-straight from Sept. 21-Oct. 12, 1991 (Michigan State, Purdue, Stanford and Pittsburgh).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014): Did not see game action during the season … served as Notre Dame’s third string quarterback … split time between the Irish regulars and the offensive scout team during game preparation.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked as 40th best player nationally by TomLemming/CBS Sports, 161st by 247Sports and 263rd by Scout.com … named AssociatedPress Ohio Division III co-offensive player of the year as a senior in 2013 … first-team quarterbackon AP Division III All-Ohio team … Toledo Blade 2013 Player of the Year and first-teamAll-Blade quarterback … completed 150 of 245 passes as he threw for 2,847 yards and 30 TDs(six interceptions) as a senior for second-ranked Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio… rushed 62 times in 2013 for 539 yards and six TDs and punted for 41.2-yard average …three-year starter helped team to combined 34-6 overall record in 2011-13 (8-2 in playoffgames), including 14-1 mark and Ohio Division II state title in 2012 … helped Central Catholicto 12-1 mark in 2013, No. 2 statewide ranking and spot in Division III regional final, as wellas school’s first Three Rivers Athletic Conference title … threw for 217 yards and ran foranother 127 in Central Catholic’s playoff loss to Clyde in 2013 … first-team quarterback onThree Rivers Athletic Conference all-league squad for 2013 … led Central Catholic to 2012Ohio Division II state title while completing 108 of 179 passes for 1,611 yards and 17 TDswith only two interceptions … also ran 63 times for 442 yards and eight TDs as a junior in2012 for team that averaged 42 points per game–and punted for 37.8-yard average … ledIrish to 16-12 victory over defending state champion Trotwood-Madison in state title game …career totals included 345 of 584 passing for 5,684 yards and 56 TDs to go with 151 rushingattempts for 1,211 yards and 17 TDs … also played basketball and baseball for CentralCatholic … started in basketball as a freshman on Irish team that advanced to Ohio DivisionI state semifinals in 2011 … played outfield and hit cleanup in baseball and helped team toThree Rivers Athletic Conference crown in 2012 … from same high school as former NotreDame standout tight end Dean Masztak (1978-81) … father, Derek, played basketball atBowling Green … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance.