After struggling to put away Vanderbilt last week, rumors were abound that starting Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush may be benched in the near future. The Fighting Irish must not give into that temptation.
3. Mobility is Key
Despite his low passing accuracy (he currently sits at 55.3% completion this season) Wimbush is fast on his feet. Wimbush is third in rushing on the team with 49 carries, 136 yards and one touchdown. In Notre Dame’s rush-heavy offense, Wimbush can and will thrive.
2. Knows Brian Kelly’s Offense Better Than Most
Wimbush has been learning Brian Kelly’s fast-tempo offense since 2015. The two QBs behind Wimbush are Ian Book and Phil Jurkovec. Jurkovec is a freshman, so he has plenty of time to wait. While Book looked efficient at times, he doesn’t have nearly as much upside as the aforementioned Wimbush.
Wimbush redshirted in 2016 and became the starter in 2017 after DeShone Kizer left for the NFL. Last season, he led the Fighting Irish with 1870 yards and 16 touchdowns. Wimbush’s development has led him to this moment, with the chance to lead Notre Dame to glory. He deserves this chance, at least for another week.