DeShone Kizer- Fighting Irish

6-4.25, 237, (U) 4.84, 

34 3/4" Arm! 24 Reps, 33" Vert,

10'2" Br, 7.48 4-Cone, 4.62 SS, 

Fight For Consistency. 

By TOM

Kiser is another good prospect, but like the other top QBs in this Draft, he is going to need some time. "He should have gone back," a scout said. "I think it’s all there. He’s gifted. But that team won five games this year. They have talent." He couldn't win games last season, and he made a terrible decision declaring for the Draft early. 

He has great size and a great arm. "He cranks the ball through the tight windows," a scout said. "Big dude. He’ll stand tall in the pocket. It’s between his ears more than anything. And when he’s under pressure he doesn’t move in the pocket as well as you would like." He can run through a brick wall.

Notre Dame had more talent than wins. "He doesn’t win," a scout said comparing him to Cutler. "The guy got benched. He had a lot of bad games. Doesn’t win. He’s a mess." I just don't see how any team can take him in the 1st after last season.

He holds onto the ball too long. "His whole key is when he interviews how well he is able to talk about coverages," a scout said. "He's got arm talent. He’s not a great runner. The question is, does he have quick decision-making skills?" He has to throw the ball quicker, and not be a take off and run first QB.

He was better in 2015 than 2016. "Kizer and Trubisky have all the talent but we’ve had a lot of those guys come and go," a scout said. "It depends on where they go and who’s there to develop them. Even Deshaun Watson, someone truly has to have a plan for him. They all have legitimate questions but they all have the talent to be starters." I wouldn't draft any of these guys in the 1st.

The best thing you can say about him is that he looks the part. "I heard that. 6-foot-4, 233 pounds. That’s a big guy," Hue Jackson said. He still runs when he gets panicked or confused. 

He has a chance, because he's as tough as nails. "Well, it's a lot of things you're looking for, but I think, most importantly, obviously guys have arm talent and can a guy process football at the rate that you need him to be able to do it," Jackson said. "Is he a guy who can lead an organization? Because I think we all know the quarterback becomes the face of the organization, I think that's really important and a lot of pressure comes with that. So a guy's got to be able to handle that." Oh yeah, he also has arm talent. 

Kizer made some good decisions on the field, but ran too much. "The dual threat ability is definitely last," Hue Jackson said. "You have to play to the strength of the player. I think if I had to build a perfect quarterback, first it would be accuracy. He’s gotta be able to throw the ball straight, he’s gotta be able to throw the ball to the person he intended to throw it to. You have to have arm talent. I think that’s really important. And I don’t know if you mentioned this, but this is really important to me, he has to be able to process football at a high level. I think football IQ is really important. And then I think leadership is paramount. A guy has to be able to lead and uplift a football team to get them to follow him to get them the best they can be because sometimes as the quarterback you’ve got to go challenge people to do a little bit more than what they’re used to. And I think it’s important that a guy has that trait." He has to read defenses quicker and get rid of the ball faster.

He can take the big and vicious hits by multiple defenders, and get up and complete the next pass. "I’m pretty comfortable with who I am as a guy and how I plan on going about this process," Kiser said. "They have a lot of questions about last season and how a guy who has this size, the arm strength goes and becomes 4-8. I responded in the way I thought was the honest truth and from what I understand, they’re pretty impressed." But again, too few starts and too few wins to take in the 1st Round. If he had stayed in school, he would have doubled his starts, and more than doubled his wins. 

His winning percentage at Notre Dame was unacceptable. "We’ll definitely dig into that and understand why," Jackson said  about his terrible win loss record. "I try to look at the player and what he’s able to do and where he is. Those things are also things you gotta know and understand about the player because he’s very talented and we want to know why that happened. But we’ll cross all the T's and dot all the I's to know everything about the player." He was 4 and 8 last season at ND.

It keeps coming back to decision making, and his first NFL decision was to declare when should have stayed in school. "I’m going to prepare myself for every moment," Kizer said. "So if I have to play early, or right away, then I'm going to be prepared for that moment. And come in and produce and help a team out to win." He still runs better than he throws. 

He throws a lot rolling out to the right. He has been working with Brain Kelly on the game plan, and taking over some of the calls. Against Stanford he was making more calls than he ever had. He was a punter in high school. He will drop back and pooch punt sometimes. Gets tight too much in the 4th quarter with the game on the line. Needs to run in the 4th, as he gets scared to throw. 

He can be slow to read coverage. "This whole thing is not about an interview, but if you were grading him on that alone, he blew the doors off it. He’s an impressive young man," Lynch said. "His film's very impressive." He has the "It" factor, and teams like his leadership.

He settled down a little in the 2nd Half of the season. "I love winners, and he has that," Lynch said. "Before I was hired as the general manager of the 49ers, I spent some time around him at the Super Bowl, and there’s certain guys who just carry themselves differently, have a presence about them. I’d put him in that category. In the brief time, you could see there’s a confidence, an aura that he carries himself with that’s pretty special." He did not prove he was a "winner" in college.

Additional Notes:

USC: He gets 30-yards down field as fast as anyone. He makes some bad decision when he snaps his eyes to the opposite side of the field. He threw a tragically terrible INT against USC. When he was running to the left, and kind of stop to looked to the opposite side of the field. He threw the ball across the field and across his body. He does not throw well in the rain. He can make the clutch throw under pressure.

Texas: Excellent athlete, who went out for a pass against Texas, and almost caught a TD. Runs the Option too much. He has turned into a very calm, cool, and collected QB in the pocket. "He has given me the keys," Kizer said. "To go 1-3 and not come up on some big drives at the end of games, that all falls on me as the commander of this offense. I haven't done that well lately." I'd take him over a lot of the top QBs in this Draft. Nice long arms give him a nice high release. Nice foot work in the pocket. He can slide to the left as he goes across the field and then check it down to the RB. He can really throw a beautiful touch pass in the Redzone on a wheel route. He can pump fake, and then fire a bullet 40 to 50 yards downs field with some spin. 

Kizer Vs Michigan State:

He throws so well on the move. He has completely mastered the Notre Dame offense. He will lose accuracy when he gets pressure sometimes. He can run the option outside, and then flick it over the head of the CB when he comes off the outside WR, and lead him down field beautifully. Excellent job reading the CB and throwing off his decision. Terrific hook-shot/swing-pass out to the RB in the flat, when he has a ton of pressure in his face. I like how he stands in the pocket with both DEs getting up field. Not that it matters, but he can be electric on the QB Draw. 

Kizer Vs Mich ST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GpDbvLQYJQ

Kizer VS Miami:

Watch him throw over the rusher, and take the big hit (3:48). This is why he will play in the NFL. After taking the hit from the DE. He got up and completed the next pass for a TD (4:01). All these dump off passes are meaningless. But dumping it into the dirt do to pressure is not (4:52). He looked to his forth option there (5:06). But he couldn't pass the ball. 

He doesn't drop, but he skips back badly. I like how he extended the ball way over his head to throw as he dumped it off. But he lost control of his feet. When QB's lose control of their feet they lose (5:17). He has some quick feet in the pocket, and showed just enough patience for his WR to get open (5:29). Terrible footwork in the pocket (5:41). Lazy feet leads to bad throws.

One step and hop back. Instead of a 2 or 3 step drop. He is going to need a lot of work on his footwork. He is no where near a plug and play QB (5:52). He read the CB blitz and fired the ball fast off the play action (6:07). He threw the ball to the side too much in this offense (6:17). This offense did not help him get NFL ready.

Don't blink. We have a nice two step drop, and some nice footwork hopping up into the pocket, but then can't make the decision (6:37). He needs to calm his feet in the pocket sometimes (6:50). His footwork was good until he panicked (7:17). 0-step drop, but at least he stepped into the throw (7:42). Swivel step back, and throw quick (8:44). Another swivel step (8:55). He has so much footwork and technique to accomplish.

I just don't know what his feet are doing sometimes (9:05). Two step drop, and then he stepped into the throw (9:16). Nice play action. Then he stepped into the throw and completed the pass as he was being hit (9:33). This was the next throw off the big hit, but not the next play. Not encouraging that he ran (9:43). They went through a lot of trouble to not let him throw the ball as they drove for the winning TD (9:58). That is the scariest thing I've seen on tape for a QB.

Kizer Vs Miami:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7MlOhU10-s

Kizer VS Stanford:

He really is a great running QB. If you think that is important (:17). He took a knee to the noggin on the sneak (2:06). He was unable to read the defense after the hit, and got sacked by Thomas (2:14). He made a nice throw to his tight end after a couple of big hits (2:25). He has the toughness. The ability to throw in the face of the rusher. And can complete the pass after he is hit. His problems come in other areas. Like consistency, and running too much.

Watch this throw as he is being hit (2:46). He went down hard as the two edgerushers got him (3:17). He rolled out, and lofted a nice hook shot over the rusher, and it was just a bit high (3:38). He took a huge hit, and drooped the ball in where only the TE should have grabbed it.

He got up after the big hit while he was throwing. He hit the WR in the hands and he dropped it (3:59). He just dropped it (4:07). He fumbled the bad snap (4:15). He disappointingly ran the ball on the Draw (4:35). But he did take another big hit out of bounds (4:59). He can't find anyone after the two big hits (5:01). He can be too slow reading the coverage. And when he gets a hit, he can take even longer. He had time to make a throw, but didn't seem to react to anything, even the pressure. 

He got back up after three big hits. He struggled to find his first option. He finally came off and fired a bullet to his second or third option (5:10). He was a punter in high school? I like how he gave the "my bad" signal (5:36). Then he threw an INT after the bad pooch punt (5:47). He threw right into double coverage (6:08). That was just a terrible INT. He had no business throwing into the FS, which is what allowed the CB to jump the route.

He lined up on 3rd and 4 for his first throw after the bad INT. He zipped a ball with some velocity to the WR, but they called Holding (6:41). So he had to overcome the mistake, and the team's mistake on 3rd and 14. He made a nice throw on the screen (6:55). That is a terrible throw into great coverage (7:31). He lined back up on 3rd and 7, after the bad throw (7:49). He threw a wild one to an open receiver. That was not good at all.

They have to go for it on 4th and 7. He got two rushers in his face as he threw for the INT. His problem is that when he makes a mistake, he will compound it by continuing to make mistakes (8:26). His next throw off the big INT, and he threw a grounder on the short throw outside (8:26). That is just terrible.

He is in a rut after a few bad throws. He needs to pull his team out of it. He just panicked himself, because he was unable to make a decision. And ran. When he gets confused, he runs. That doesn't work in the NFL (8:55). He made a great play escaping pressure, and hit the WR outside. But then he was tackled to the ground as he threw (9:31). He lined up after the big hit. They ran play action (9:40). He hit the wide open WR low and inside for the 1st.

He did a great job getting his team down within the 10, down 7. Then he held onto the ball, and tried to run, and got sacked (11:06). But he was able to fight his way to his feet and clock the ball. So he ran the ball? You have to throw the ball there no matter what (10:36). That is just terrible. You cannot be a run first QB in the NFL. 

Kiser Vs Stanford:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjeX0bEqGLc

Kiser Bio:

KIZER'S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS: Single-Game Rushing Yards By Quarterback (Oct. 31, 2015 at Temple, 143, 2nd); Single-Game Touchdown Passes (Nov. 7, 2015 at Pittsburgh, 5, t-2nd); Single-Game Rushing Yards By Quarterback (Nov. 28, 2015 at Stanford, 128, 5th); Single-Game Total Offense (Oct. 31, 2015 at Temple, 442, 7th); Single-Season Rushing Touchdowns By Quarterback (2015, 10, 1st); Single-Season Rushing Yards By Quarterback (2015, 520, 4th); Single-Season Completion Percentage (2015, 63.0, 4th); Single-Season Points Responsibility (2015, 188, 4th); Single-Season Total Offense (2015, 3,404, 5th); Single-Season Points Responsibility Per Game (2015, 14.5, 5th); Single-Season Offensive Plays (2015, 469, 6th); Single-Season Total Offense Per Game (2015, 261.8, 7th); Single-Season Total Offense Per Attempt (2015, 7.26, 7th); Single-Season Touchdown Passes (2015, 21, 7th); Single-Season Efficiency Rating (2015, 150.0, 7th); Single-Season Passing Yards (2015, 2,884, 7th); Single-Season 300-yard Passing Games (2015, 2, t-7th); Single-Season Pass Completions (2015, 211, 8th); Single-Season Pass Attempts (2015, 335, 9th); Single-Season Passing Yards Per Game (2015, 221.8, 10th); Career Completion Percentage (2015-, 63.0, 1st); Career Total Offense Per Game (2015-, 261.8, 1st); Career Points Responsibility Per Game (2015-, 14.5, 1st); Career Efficiency Rating (2015-, 150.0, 2nd); Career Total Offense Per Attempt (2015-, 7.26, 4th); Career Pass Attempts Per Game (2015-, 25.8, 4th); Career Pass Completions Per Game (2015-, 16.2, 4th); Career Passing Yards Per Game (2015-, 221.8, 4th); Career Passing Yards Per Attempt (2015-, 8.61, 5th); Career 300-yard Passing Games (2015, 2, t-5th); Lowest Career Interception Percentage (2015-, 2.99, 7th)

KIZER'S HONORS & AWARDS: Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List (2016); Davey O'Brien Award Watch List (2016); Maxwell Award Watch List (2016); Notre Dame Offensive Newcomer of the Year (2015); O'Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention (9.15.15); O'Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention (10.18.15); O'Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention (11.3.15); FWAA/AutoNation National Offensive Player of the Week (11.3.15); Manning Award Stars of the Week (11.9.15); O'Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention (11.9.15);

KIZER'S CAREER HIGHS: Points scored: 12, 2x, last vs. Wake Forest, Nov. 14, 2015; Touchdowns: 2, 2x, last vs. Wake Forest, Nov. 14, 2015; Rush attempts: 17, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015; Rush yards: 143, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015 (17 carries); Rush TDs: 2, 2x, last vs. Wake Forest, Nov. 14, 2015; Long rush: 79, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015; Pass attempts: 39, vs. Boston College, Nov. 21, 2015; Pass completions: 23, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015; Pass yards: 324, vs. Boston College, Nov. 21, 2015; Pass TDs: 5, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 7, 2015; Long pass: 81, vs. Ohio State, Jan. 1, 2016; Total offense attempts: 53, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015 (17 rush, 36 pass); Total offense yards: 442, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015 (143 rush, 299 pass); All-purpose yards: 143, at Temple, Oct. 31, 2015; Punt attempts: 2, vs. USC, Oct. 17, 2015; Punt yards: 81, vs. USC, Oct. 17, 2015; Longest punt: 43, vs. USC, Oct. 17, 2015

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): Played in all 13 games, starting each of the final 11 contests...helped the Irish to three wins when trailing in the fourth quarter (Virginia, USC and Temple)...his career .630 completion percentage (211 of 335), 261.8 total offense yards per game and 14.5 points responsibility per game figures all rank best on the Notre Dame career chart...his 150.0 career passing efficiency rating ranks just behind Irish record-holder Kevin McDougal's 154.4 (1990-93)...owns 8-3 (.727) record as a starting quarterback at Notre Dame...ranked 12th in the FBS in rushing TDs by a quarterback (10), 17th in passing yards per attempt (8.61), 22nd in points responsible for per game (14.9), 24th in passing efficiency (150.0), 25th in passing yards per completion (13.67), 27th in points responsible for (188), 33rd in total offense per game (261.8), 34th in completions percentage (63.0), 36th in passing TDs (21), 40th in passing yards (2,884), 45th in passing yards per game (221.8), 58th in rushing TDs (10) and 64th in completions per game (16.23)...threw for at least two TD passes in seven of Notre Dame's 13 games, tossing five against Pittsburgh (Nov. 7) and two against Virginia (Sept. 12), UMass (Sept. 26), Clemson (Oct. 3), USC (Oct. 17), Boston College (Nov. 21) and Ohio State (Jan. 1)...eclipsed 300 yards passing twice, throwing for 321 at Clemson (Oct. 3) and 324 against Boston College (Nov. 21)...threw for at least 200 yards in 10 of 13 games...ranked second on the Irish with 10 rushing TDs and third with 520 rushing yards...his 10 rushing TDs broke the single-season school record for quarterbacks...responsible for 56.1 percent of Notre Dame's total offense yards...one of six Notre Dame quarterbacks with at least 3,000 total yards in a single season, joining Brady Quinn, Everett Golson, Jimmy Clausen, Jarious Jackson and Tommy Rees...responsible for 31 TDs (21 TD passes and 10 TD runs)...ranked among the top-five in the following single-season categories: rushing yards by quarterback (4th), completion percentage (4th), points responsibility (4th), total offense (5th) and points responsibility per game (5th)...five TD passes at Pittsburgh (Nov. 7) tied for the second-most in single-game school history and matched a school road-game record...accounted for 36 points against the Panthers (five passing TDs and one rushing TD), which tied for the second-most in school history and setting a road-game record...threw 21 TD passes, the most by an Irish first-year starting quarterback and seventh most in single-season school history...recorded two 100-yard rushing games, both on the road against ranked teams, gaining 143 on the ground at No. 21 Temple (Oct. 31) and 128 at No. 9 Stanford (Nov. 28)...the rushing efforts against the Owls and Cardinal rank second and fifth, respectively, in single-game rushing yards by an Irish quarterback...became the second Notre Dame player (Jarious Jackson) to throw for 200 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game (vs. No. 21 Temple and No. 9 Stanford)...became the first Irish player to accomplish the feat on more than one occasion...his 79-yard TD run at Temple was the second-longest rush ever by an Irish quarterback and the longest on a conventional play from scrimmage (record 80-yard run came on a fake punt by Blair Kiel at Arizona in 1980)...threw for 234 yards and a TD, and ran for another 128 and a TD, in the defeat at No. 9 Stanford...led the Irish on a 15-play, 88-yard go-ahead TD drive late fourth against the Cardinal -- third go-ahead scoring march by the Irish late in the fourth quarter (joining an 80-yard march to the end zone to beat Virginia with 12 seconds left and a 75-yard march to pay dirt with 2:09 to play to beat Temple)...led the Irish to a win at Virginia (Sept. 12) with 12 seconds to play and one at Temple with 2:09 to play, becoming the first Notre Dame player to throw a game-winning TD pass in the final 5:00 of a game twice in the same season...at 12 seconds, the Virginia game marked the latest game-winning TD pass in regulation in Notre Dame history...in five starts vs. top-25 opponents (No. 14 Georgia Tech, at No. 12 Clemson, at No. 21 Temple, at No. 9 Stanford and No. 8 Ohio State), registered a .605 completion percentage (98 of 162) and 140.14 passing efficiency rating, threw for 1,380 yards and seven TDs, rushed for 353 yards and five TDs, and recorded 1,733 total yards...made first-career start in the win over 14th-ranked Georgia Tech, throwing for 242 yards and one TD...most passing yards by a first-time starter since Brady Quinn threw for 297 yards against Purdue on Sept. 27, 2003, and the most in a Notre Dame victory since Ron Powlus finished with 291 yards through the air in a 42-15 win over Northwestern on Sept. 3, 1994...completed 19 of 34 passes for 321 yards and two TDs at No. 12 Clemson (Oct. 3) -- his first career start on the road (helped the Irish draw within a two-point conversion of completing an 18-point fourth quarter comeback)...the 321 passing yards are the second-most by an Irish signal caller in his first career road start, exceeded only by the 369 yards of passing from Dayne Crist at Michigan State in 2010...he also led the Irish on the ground with 55 rushing yards on 14 carries and a three-yard TD against the Tigers...had both a rushing and passing TD in three straight games (vs. UMass, Clemson and Navy) -- first time an Irish signal caller both ran and threw for a TD in three consecutive games since Rick Mirer had a run of four-straight from Sept. 21-Oct. 12, 1991 (Michigan State, Purdue, Stanford and Pittsburgh).

FRESHMAN SEASON (2014): Did not see game action during the season ... served as Notre Dame's third string quarterback ... split time between the Irish regulars and the offensive scout team during game preparation.

Passing G Att Comp Pct Yds Long Pass Effic. TD Int Yds/G
2014 0 0 0 -- 0 0 -- 0 0 --
2015 13 335 211 0.630 2884 81 150.0 21 10 221.8
2016 12 361 212 0.587 2925 79 145.6 26 9 243.8
TOTAL 25 696 423 0.608 5809 81 147.7 47 19 232.4

 

Rushing G Att Yards Yds/Att Long TD Yds/G
2014 0 0 0 -- 0 0 --
2015 13 134 520 3.9 79 10 40.0
2016 12 129 472 3.7 49 8 39.3
TOTAL 25 263 992 3.8 79 18 39.7

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