Malik Jamaal Zaire (born February 28, 1995) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He began his college football career at Notre Dame, before transferring to the University of Florida as a graduate transfer. Zaire currently works for the sports media company Overtime (sports network) as on-air talent and as a producer. 
Zaire in 2019
|Born:||February 28, 1995|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||Archbishop Alter|
Zaire attended Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio. As a senior, he earned 2012 AP Ohio Division III Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year accolades with 1,990 yards passing, 1,120 yards on the ground and 33 total touchdowns (24 passing touchdowns and nine rushing touchdowns).
He was rated by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit and was ranked as the third best Dual-threat quarterback in his class. Zaire committed to the University of Notre Dame to play college football.
|US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes|
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Kettering, OH||Archbishop Alter HS||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||196 lb (89 kg)||Mar 25, 2012|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout:|
247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 83
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 14 (QB), 1 (OH), 3 (regional), 172 (national) Rivals: 3 (QB), 122 (national) ESPN: 6 (QB), 189 (national)|
Zaire did not play in any games as a freshman at Notre Dame in 2013.
Prior to his sophomore season in 2014, he competed with Everett Golson to be the starting quarterback. Golson won the job with Zaire as the backup. He received his first extensive playing time against the USC Trojans, replacing Golson, who was benched. He completed 9 of 20 passes for 170 yards and a rushing touchdown in the game. After spending the entire season as Golson's backup, Zaire started the 2014 Music City Bowl. He completed 12 of 15 passes for 96 yards with one touchdown, and ran for 96 yards on 22 carries scoring one touchdown leading Notre Dame to a 31–28 victory over LSU and earning the game's MVP.
The Fighting Irish opened spring practice with an open competition at quarterback, but neither Zaire or Everett Golson separated themselves as the starter according to head coach Brian Kelly. However, after Golson decided to transfer and play his final season at Florida State University, Zaire was named the starting quarterback. In the second game of the season, against Virginia, Zaire fractured his ankle after a run. It was announced after the game that he would miss the rest of the season.
Zaire battled DeShone Kizer before the season for the starting quarterback position. Both shared snaps in the team's first game, a loss to Texas. Statistically Kizer had a far better game than Zaire, earning Kizer the starting quarterback position. Zaire played little during the remainder of the season. After graduating from Notre Dame in May 2017, Zaire announced that he had transferred to the University of Florida to play a fifth year in the 2017 season.
Zaire started two games and appeared in four. He finished with an overall record of 0–2 as a starter, completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 349 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception.
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