Brian Kelly names Brandon Wimbush Notre Dame’s starting QB

By Michael Dixon

Notre Dame has its starting quarterback. While Brian Kelly did note that Ian Book could play, the Irish’ head coach said that Brandon Wimbush will start against Michigan in Week 1.

Wimbush was the primary quarterback for the Fighting Irish as a junior in 2017. Playing in all but one game, he completed 49.5 percent of his passes for 1,870 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wimbush also made a big impact with his legs, rushing for 803 yards with 14 scores.

Book, meanwhile, saw significant playing time as a sophomore, getting into 10 games. In those 10 games, he completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 456 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions, adding 207 yards on the ground.

Certainly, when Notre Dame finds itself in a passing situation, Book is the better option. But if the Fighting Irish can stay out of those situations, Wimbush’s ability with his arms and legs make him quite dangerous for opponents.