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Luke Massa will return to the quarterback position at Notre Dame, at least for one game.

The 6-foot-4, 237-pound senior will be the third string quarterback when No. 14 Irish play Temple on Saturday because freshman Malik Zaire was ruled out of the game because he has mononucleosis.

"He's on the back end of it," coach Brian Kelly told reporters Thursday about Zaire. "We were really hopeful that we thought we were going to get him cleared today. But he didn't get cleared. We are going to be hopeful for Monday."

Massa was recruited to Notre Dame as a quarterback but switched to receiver in 2011.

Kelly said Massa has taken reps at quarterback this week, but the coach hopes he doesn't have to use Massa in an emergency situation. Tommy Rees will start against Temple, and Andrew Hendrix is the backup.

"We could put (Massa) in the game on Saturday," Kelly said. "He could get us out of the game Saturday. I don't want to play him if I don't have to. It would have to be an emergency situation, but he can get us out of the game Saturday.

"For a guy who got two days, three days of work, it would be nice if we got him in a game and it wasn't because of injury."