Notre Dame football: What is Plan B if Riley Leonard isn’t in the cards?

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Nov 11, 2023; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Brendan Sorsby (15) scores a touchdown against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium during the first half. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports /

Notre Dame football does not have to look far for Brendan Sorsby

Indiana quarterback Brendan Sorsby came from nowhere to have an outstanding season in Bloomington. He spent most of the first half of the season splitting snaps with Tennesee transfer quarterback Tayven Jackson. When Jackson got hurt, Sorsby took the job and kept it. The Texas native threw for 1587 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Sorsby is a plus in the running game, chipping in 276 yards and four touchdowns. Though Sorsby isn’t the dual threat that Jefferson is (or Leonard, for that matter), he is a plus in the running game and wouldn’t take many of the sacks that Sam Hartman took this season.

Notre Dame needed a playmaker at quarterback who could make plays when things broke down this year. Sorsby proved that he can make plays with his arm and legs when things break down.

There might be some incentive for Sorsby to transfer to Notre Dame. His favorite target and wide receiver, Donaven McCulley, entered his name in the transfer portal. The Irish are targeting him with the program’s mass exodus of wide receivers.

If Riley Leonard follows Mike Elko to College Station, Sorsby should be Notre Dame football’s top target.