Notre Dame

/ by JJ Stankevitz
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Notre Dame

DeShone Kizer is turning pro. 

The redshirt sophomore Notre Dame quarterback announced his decision to forgo his remaining college eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft in a video produced by Bleacher Report released Monday.

Kizer's decision to turn pro hardly is a surprise given the Toledo native's top-10 projections by plenty of NFL Draft prognosticators. Kizer burst onto the scene after Malik Zaire -- who will leave Notre Dame as a graduate transfer -- fractured and dislocated his ankle in Week 2 of the 2015 season at Virginia. Kizer threw for 21 touchdowns and rushed for 10 more as a redshirt freshman in 2015, leading the Irish to a 10-win season and Fiesta Bowl berth.

Without a number of last year's offensive stars, Kizer had to shoulder most of Notre Dame's offensive load in 2016 and saw some of his numbers decline (including his completion percentage, which dipped below 60 percent). But he won the team's MVP award at Friday's Echoes award show, a nod to how 2016's 4-8 disappointment wasn't for a lack of success from Kizer.

With Kizer and Zaire leaving South Bend, redshirt freshman Brandon Wimbush is expected to be Notre Dame's starting quarterback in 2017.