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Brian Kelly Says DeShone Kizer Will Start This Saturday But His Play Is Below Standard

Brian Kelly named a starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Syracuse.

DeShone Kizer, unsurprisingly, will start for Notre Dame against Syracuse this weekend. Kizer has been the sole starter since playing well while splitting snaps with Malik Zaire against Texas Week 1.

Kelly, however, says that Kizer is not playing up to the "standard" of play he set last season.

From ESPN:

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says QB DeShone Kizer will start against Syracuse but is not meeting the standard of play he set last year. Kelly said all positions would be evaluated after Saturday's loss to Duke.

Kelly was asked today if Kizer's job is really in jeopardy.

His response:

Kelly said after Notre Dame's embarrassing home loss to Duke that every starter - including Kizer - needed to play better or they'd potentially lose their job.

“Every position, all 22 of them, will be evaluated,” Kelly said at his press conference. “Each and every position. There is no position that is untouchable on this football team. And that’s the quarterback, all the way down to — maybe the long snapper’s OK. We’re not going to touch him. But everybody else is vulnerable.”

Notre Dame (1-3) and Syracuse are set to kick off at noon on Saturday.