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Kelly: Notre Dame QB play improving

Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, center, runs for yardage against Navy during the first half Saturday, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo by the Associated Press) 
Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, center, runs for yardage against Navy during the first half Saturday, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo by the Associated Press) 
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Tuesday, November 08, 2016 08:38 am

In Notre Dame’s most recent defeat (a 28-27 loss to Navy); Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer played his typical game. Great at times and inaccurate at others. And even he admits that.

“I didn’t make the throws that I needed to,” Kizer said following the game.

He was speaking of a critical fourth quarter drive in which he had completed three passes to put the Irish into the red zone. However, Kizer couldn’t advance his team further, as he threw a pair of incompletions and Notre Dame elected to kick a field goal. 

He finished the day 19 of 27 for 223 yards and three scores, while also rushing for 52 yards. 

“The numbers are pretty good,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said of his quarterback’s play. “I’d like to get a couple of throws (back).”

Kelly has been critical of Kizer’s inconsistent play this season, and last weekend was no different. 

“It was interesting,” Kelly began, “I like the fact that he finished off his runs today. There are certain parts of his game that I’m really pleased with because he’s showing some of the gritty toughness that I think, in that position, I like to see. He’s starting to show that.

“I thought he was really decisive in the red zone. We ran a play that had a couple of reads to it. He didn’t like (the call). He stayed forward in the pocket and had a nice run.”

But…

“A couple of throws,” Kelly said, “mechanically, he’s always working to get better. So there are always a couple of throws here and there.”

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