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Sept. 16, 2013 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Personnel News • Freshman quarterback Malik Zaire, who is backing up seniors Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix, was not cleared to play at the beginning of the week during preparations for the Sept. 7 Michigan game. He has been battling mononucleosis. Zaire was given the green light to do some cardiovascular work. • Sophomore slot Will Mahone began practicing again the Tuesday of Michigan week. He had missed the second half of August because of a high ankle sprain. • Head coach Brian Kelly announced two days before the Michigan game that junior Kyle Brindza and fifth-year senior Nick Tausch would continue to compete to be the starting field goal kicker. Both Tausch and Brindza missed their lone attempts against Temple. Tausch's from 39 yards was due to mechanics, while Brindza's miss from 44 yards was put on coaching because senior and first-time holder Luke Massa blocked off the path toward the ball. "We're supposed to be open by 30 degrees with our shoulders for our holder, and we closed shut, and [Brindza] had no chance to have a clean path," Kelly said. • Working as the scout team quarterback during preparations for Michigan was freshman cornerback Rashad Kinlaw, who also was a high school quarterback. • Junior wide receiver DaVaris Daniels was cleared to practice for the Michigan game after suffering a slight groin injury during the victory against Temple. Freshman quarterback Malik Zaire (above), who was slated Daniels caught two 32-yard touchdown to back up seniors Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix, has passes in the first 4:41 against the Owls before he was sidelined the final three been sidelined by mononucleosis. photo by bill panzica quarters as a precaution.

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