Notre Dame has two quarterbacks that shined last season, and Brian Kelly announced on Wednesday that both Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer will play in the team’s season opener against Texas.

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Zaire opened the 2015 season as Notre Dame’s undisputed starter, and he played well before fracturing his ankle against Virginia. In the team’s clash against Texas last season, Zaire went 19-for-22 with 319 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Kizer took over for Zaire after his injury, and he also impressed. The 6-4, 230-pounder threw for 2,884 yards and 21 touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions in 2015.

Here’s what Kelly had to say about his decision:

Usually, teams with uncertainty at the quarterback spot might lack any viable options. That’s not the case with Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish defeated the Longhorns by a score of 38-0 last season.

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