On Saturday, the Notre Dame football team dropped their third game of the season. Irish Quarterback Brandon Wimbush doomed the Irish with his subpar play. Against the Cardinal, Wimbush completed 11 of his 28 passes for 249 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
On the season, he is not much better. Wimbush has completed only 49.8% of his passes for 1818 yards with 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Despite Kelly’s endorsement following the Saturday’s game, is Brandon Wimbush Notre Dame’s Quarterback of the future?
Following Notre Dame’s loss to Stanford, Brian Kelly declared that Wimbush would start the bowl game. If Notre Dame hopes to win their tenth game, Wimbush represents their best option.
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Despite the belief of many fans, Sophomore Ian Book is not Notre Dame’s best option for the future. Book completed 57.1% of his throws for 292 yards with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Further, he rushed for 171 yards. He is slightly a better passer than Wimbush. However, he does not threaten defenses the same way Wimbush does.
What about Freshman Avery Davis? First, it is not smart to put a Freshman Quarterback into a must-win situation. Second, it is ridiculous to waste an entire year of eligibility on one game.
As stated above, Book is not the solution for all of Notre Dame’s trouble. But, Davis might be. He looked solid in fall practice. He needs to prove that he deserves to be the starter.
In order to do this, Kelly needs to open up the competition. Will Kelly actually open up the race for the spot? It is a complicated situation to put a Quarterback who started 12 games on notice.
Could Phil Jurkovec be the answer for the Fighting Irish? He might be the answer. Jurkovec ranks as one of the top players in the 2017 class. The Pine-Richland prospect definitely has the potential to be one of the best Quarterbacks to grace Notre Dame’s campus. Most likely, he is unable to become that player as a redshirt Freshman.
Jurkovec is most likely the answer. By the 2019 season, he should be ready to direct the Fighting Irish. Wimbush would be a 5th-year Senior at this point. Either Wimbush will have been passed by another Notre Dame signal-caller or will have departed for the NFL.
Jurkovec or Davis seems to be the answer to the future Quarterback problem. However, until that year, someone must hold the place until another player is ready.