By Chris Emma-
(CBS) Pressed in the moment, DeShone Kizer showed potential in his first chance to lead Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish were counting on Kizer, then their backup quarterback, to step in after starter Malik Zaire suffered a broken ankle. It was the final seconds of second game of a 2015 season that then held promise, and Notre Dame trailed by one.
Kizer stepped back and zeroed in on his top receiver, Will Fuller. He planted his right foot and heaved a ball nearly 50 yards on the fly, hitting Fuller in stride over the back shoulder. Notre Dame would beat Virginia behind Kizer’s heroics off the bench.
Outcome aside, the throw was a microcosm of Kizer’s turbulent two years as Notre Dame’s starter. He didn’t look off his top receiver, took a major risk with only a field goal needed to win and had his body poorly aligned while throwing off his back foot.
Scouts are wondering why Kizer didn’t produce more of those triumphant victories after Notre Dame finished 4-8 in 2016. He accepted his burden of the blame, right or wrong.
“They’ve had a lot of questions about last season and how a guy who has the size and has the arm strength goes and becomes 4-8,” Kizer said of his experience at the NFL Combine. “I responded in the way I thought was the honest truth.
“I just …
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