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KIZER WILL GET START
Sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer will make his first start for No. 10 Notre Dame against No. 16 Georgia Tech on Saturday, coach Brian Kelly said Sunday. “We’re not going to make any excuses for where we are,” Kelly said. “There’s no reason we can’t win with DeShone Kizer. There’s no reason we can’t win with C.J. Prosise in for Tarean
Folston. Anybody that we lose, we believe we’ve got guys that can step up.” When spring football practice ended, 6-4, 230-pound Kizer, who didn’t play as a freshman, was expected to be the third-string quarterback. Prosise was expected to be the No. 3 running back. But with Malik Zaire and Folston out with season-ending injuries, Kizer and Prosise will be the starting backfield Saturday. Prosise has shown he’s ready, rushing for 253 yards on 37 carries. Kizer took over after Zaire broke his right ankle in the third quarter against Virginia, leading the Irish to victory when he threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Will Fuller with 12 seconds remaining in the game.