Notre Dame’s Wim­bush pre­pares to sub for Book ver­sus Semi­noles

The Bradenton Herald - - College Football -

Sam Mustipher gets to run out of the home tun­nel one fi­nal time for No. 3 Notre Dame on Satur­day night against Florida State.

The grad­u­ate cen­ter just never thought he’d be snapping the ball to se­nior Bran­don Wim­bush again.

With Ian Book nurs­ing an in­jury, Wim­bush will be the start­ing quar­ter­last back when the Fight­ing Irish (9-0, No. 3 CFP) face the Semi­noles (4-5).

Coach Brian Kelly in­di­cated Wim­bush has been get­ting the ma­jor­ity of Mustipher’s snaps this week with the No. 1 of­fense and that fresh­man Phil Jurkovec has in­creased his work load af­ter Book suf­fered an up­per-body in­jury while ac­count­ing for 399 to­tal yards and a vic­tory-se­cur­ing touch­down run in Notre Dame’s 31-21 win week at North­west­ern.

The Irish say they can con­tinue their quest for their first na­tional cham­pi­onship in 30 years with Wim­bush run­ning things – and he is likely to run if he can. Mustipher rem­i­nisced this week about Wim­bush’s break­out per­for­mance – 207 rush­ing yards and four touch­downs in a 49-20 vic­tory last sea­son at Bos­ton Col­lege.

“(Wim­bush) took over that game,” Mustipher said. “He made some moves I’ve never seen a quar­ter­back make in a game. He’s a great player and a great young man. He’ll be suc­cess­ful in what­ever he de­cides to do in life.”

The Irish, of course, just want Wim­bush to be suc­cess­ful against a Semi­noles de­fense that has been stingy against the run. Op­po­nents are av­er­ag­ing just 2.84 yards per carry (sixth-best na­tion­ally) and 111.1 yards per game (17th) against end Brian Burns (13.5 tack­les for loss) and tack­les Demar­cus Christ­mas (6-4, 305), Fredrick Jones (6-2, 304), Marvin Wil­son (6-5, 317) and Cory Dur­den (6-5, 290).

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