AUSTIN, Texas -- DeShone Kizer came out on the losing end in Sunday night's double overtime battle against Texas, but NFL evaluators will come away highly impressed with the Notre Dame QB when they review the tape of his performance.
From his decision making to his poise to his playmaking with his legs -- he did everything against the Longhorns.
He's a big, strong player with prototypical size and arm strength. It's baffling that ND coach Brian Kelly went into the season with Kizer sharing time at QB with Malik Zaire, as Kizer is clearly the best option.
This game was well attended by scouts -- about 10 NFL teams were represented -- and Kizer showed why he belongs in the conversation when it comes to the top QBs in college football. He belongs squarely in the discussion, and that opinion isn't based solely on his performance against the Longhorns. He showed his potential when he nearly led the Fighting Irish to the College Football Playoff last season.
Here are five more observations from Sunday's game:
- The talent well has been a bit dry at Texas lately, but ...
- Welcome to college football, Shane Buechele. The Texas true freshman throws as pretty a deep ball as you'll find. The stage did not seem too big for him on Sunday night.
- Longhorns outside linebacker Malik Jefferson isn't the most instinctive player, but he's a tremendous athlete with plenty of explosiveness. I spoke to a scout before the game who thinks the true sophomore might be the best defensive player in the Big 12.
- Mike McGlinchey, one of CFB's better OTs, was solid on Sunday. He has good feet and is always in good position. He's a highly efficient blocker.
- Texas RB D'Onta Foreman stood out. It seems like there's another impressive RB catching my eye every time I turn on a college football game. Here's another one. He's big, powerful and pretty elusive. He's a nifty runner for his size (6-foot-1, 249 pounds).