#9 Malik Zaire
ZAIRE’S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS
Single-Game Completion Percentage (Sept. 5, 2015 vs. Texas, 19 of 22; 86.3, 2nd)
Single-Game Passing Yards Per Attempt (Sept. 5, 2015 vs. Texas, 14.23, 4th)
Career 300-yard Passing Games (2014-, 1, t-9th)
MALIK ZAIRE’S HONORS & AWARDS
Maxwell Award Watch List (2016, 2015)
Walter Camp Award Watch List (2015)
Manning Award Star of the Week (9.7.15)
O’Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention (9.8.15)
Franklin Mortgage Music City Bowl Most Valuable Player (2014)
MALIK ZAIRE’S CAREER HIGHS
Points scored: 6, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014; at USC, Nov. 29, 2014
Touchdowns: 1, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014; at USC, Nov. 29, 2014
Rush attempts: 22, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
Rush yards: 96, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014 (22 carries)
Rush TDs: 1, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014; at USC, Nov. 29, 2014
Long rush: 56, Rice, Aug. 30, 2014
Pass attempts: 22, vs. Texas, Sept. 5, 2015
Pass completions: 19, vs. Texas, Sept. 5, 2015
Pass yards: 313, vs. Texas, Sept. 5, 2015
Pass TDs: 3, vs. Texas, Sept. 5, 2015
Long pass:66, vs. Texas, Sept. 5, 2015
Total offense attempts: 37, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014 (22r, 15p)
Total offense yards: 66, vs. Texas, Sept. 5, 2015
All-purpose yards: 96, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
JUNIOR SEASON (2015):Started the first two games of the season at quarterback, contests against Texas (Sept. 5) and Virginia (Sept. 12) … suffered a broken ankle at Virginia and was lost for the season … completed 26-of-40 passes for 428 yards and four TDs … rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries … five of his 17 carries went for a first down or touchdown … one of his three carries on third down resulted in a first down or touchdown … recorded four rushes of at least 10 yards and one rush of at least 20 yards … six completions of at least 20 yards and three of at least 30 yards … completed 19-of-22 passes (86.4%) for 313 yards and three TDs in the season-opening rout of Texas (Sept. 5) … became just the fifth Notre Dame player to throw for at least 300 yards in a season opener … that 86.4% completion percentage against the Longhorns ranks second in school history for a single game and the best since 1984 … ran the ball 10 times for 87 yards and was 7-for-18 passing for 115 yards and one TD against the Cavaliers.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014): Played in seven of the 13 games … registered his first career start in the 31 28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30) … earned Music City Bowl Most Valuable Player honors … took over holding duties on field goals and PATs vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) … completed 21 of 35 passes for 266 yards and one TD on the season .. added 187 yards rushing on 33 carries, including a pair of TD runs and a 56-yard scamper … one of 20 Irish players who made his career debut in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30) … on first career snap recorded a 56-yard run … longest rush by a Notre Dame quarterback since Oct. 8, 2011, when Andrew Hendrix had a 78 yard rush against Air Force … added a couple carries for nine yards in the 31-0 rout of Michigan (Sept. 6) … played the final minute of the loss at No. 11 Arizona State (Nov. 8) … had a six-yard carry against the Sun Devils … executed holds on four PATs and two field-goal attempts, against the Wildcats … held for three field-goal attempts and a pair of PAT tries against Louisville (Nov. 22) … saw the most extensive playing time of his career at USC (Nov. 29), leading the Irish on five drives in relief of Everett Golson … led the Irish on a pair of touchdown drives … completed nine of 20 passes for 170 yards, including a 49-yard pass play with junior WR Chris Brown … also ran for 18 yards on six carries, including a long run of 14 yards and an 11-yard TD rush … completed 12 of 15 passes for 96 yards and one TD vs. LSU (Dec. 30) … also ran for 96 yards and one TD on 22 carries … established or equaled single-game highs for points scored, TDs, rushes, rush yards, rush TDs, completions, pass TDs, total offense attempts, total offense yards and all-purpose yards.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013): Did not see game action for the Irish.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked 194th player nationally on ESPN 300 list … rated 122nd on Rivals 250 list … listed 189th nationally on ESPN 300 … ranked third on Rivals.com list of dual-threat quarterbacks … ranked 172nd overall and 14th among quarterbacks on Scout 300 by Scout.com … lefthander earned 2012 Associated Press Ohio Division III Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year accolades with 1,990 yards passing, 1,120 yards on the ground and 33 total TDs (24 passing TDs and nine rushing TDs) for Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio … threw five TD passes and for 251 yards in 2012 seasonopening win over Kettering Fairmont while running for another 171 yards and another TD … first-team quarterback in 2012 on AP Ohio Southwest All-District Division III team … led Alter to 10-0 regular-season record as a junior in 2011 before losing in first round of playoffs … completed 36 of 82 throws for 729 yards and five TDs and also rushed for 1,093 yards and 15 TDs in 2011 as a junior … took part in Elite 11 quarterback competition in Redondo Beach, California, in summer of 2012 … selected for Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and completed two of five passes for 12 yards and rushed nine times for 20 yards for East squad … enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2013 … played for coach Ed Domsitz … son of Imani Zaire and Stacy Carter … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in film, television and theatre and minoring in peace studies.