Notre Dame vs. USC

Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire (9) waves as he exits the field following Notre Dame’s 45-27 loss to Southern Cal in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN

Malik Zaire is ready for a Notre Dame homecoming.

The 6-foot, 226-pound quarterback — who played four seasons in South Bend before making a graduate transfer to Florida last summer — confirmed to the Tribune on Friday that he will participate in Notre Dame's pro day on March 22. He will also participate in Florida's pro day.

Zaire played in just four games last season, making two starts. The Kettering, Ohio, native completed 57.1 percent of his passes, throwing for 349 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception for the Gators.

In 17 career games in South Bend, Zaire passed for 816 yards and six touchdowns without an interception and ran for 324 yards and two more scores.

Zaire's pro day return is far from unprecedented at Notre Dame. In 2016, former Irish quarterback Everett Golson — who had previously made a graduate transfer to Florida State — also participated in ND's pro day. Zaire's presence also provides an established quarterback to deliver footballs to Notre Dame NFL Draft hopefuls wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, tight end Durham Smythe and running back Josh Adams, all of whom have played and practiced with Zaire in the past.

Zaire earned a degree in film, television and theater from Notre Dame in Dec. 2016.

(3) comments

Desolation Angel

A dirty shame[unsure][unsure]

Michael the Archangel

An ND grad returns to pursue his NFL dream, after heading to Florida in an attempt to get a better opportunity toward that dream. No shame there. It's highly unlikely anything will come of it, but he believes it's worth a try. You won't find me denigrating neither the athlete nor the university for offering an opportunity to one of their student-athletes who graduated from there.


Agree wholeheartedly. Even if he were from another school, if it helps a guy in his chase for the NFL, let them in. Your facilities are already open for the scouts, it doesn't cost you anything and it is gracious.

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