While Sam Hartman is forging himself a legend in South Bend, one former Notre Dame football star is having to build a career at a new position.
There was a time when Phil Jurkevich thought that sooner or later, he was going to be the starting quarterback for Notre Dame football. Granted, that was quite a while ago.
Back in 2019, Jurkevich completed 12-of-15 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns to no interceptions. He likely thought he was going to be the next guy to lead his team out of the tunnel for the Fighting Irish.
That never came about and Jurkevich transferred to Boston College. After three years with the Golden Eagles, Jurkevich decided to transfer again, this time to the Pittsburgh Panthers. In doing so, he likely thought he could be the golden boy with Pitt.
He certainly was for a few games. He was in fact, the starting quarterback for Pitt’s first five games. However, the former Notre Dame football player struggled in those starts. Pittsburgh is just 1-4 on the season. Jurkevich has completed just 50.9 percent of his passes, despite throwing for 6 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions.
On Wednesday night, it was announced that the former Notre Dame football player isn’t looking for another new team. This time around, he’s looking for success at a new position. Jurkevich is going to try and find success at tight end.
Former Notre Dame football players makes the switch
According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Jurkovec’s position swap was his idea. With just a handful of games of left in his career and his quarterback career seemingly over, the former Notre Dame football quarterback is trying to resurrect his career as a tight end.
Of course, it won’t be an easy road if he does go to tight end. Pitt’s leading receiver Gavin Bartholomew, plays that position. It will certainly be interesting to see if the man who thought he would lead the Notre Dame football team onto the field as a quarterback back in the day, can make this switch. It seems likely Irish eyes will be watching to see if he can pull it off.