Notre Dame QB Wim­bush to visit UCF as he weighs trans­fer

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - SPORTS SUNDAY - By Matt Murschel Or­lando Sen­tinel Staff writer David Furones con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Notre Dame quar­ter­back Bran­don Wim­bush is slated to visit UCF this week­end, a source con­firmed to the Or­lando Sen­tinel.

The Knights are con­sid­ered the fa­vorites to land Wim­bush, who has also been linked to Penn State, Tom Loy of 247Sports.com re­ported cit­ing mul­ti­ple sources. Loy re­ported sources also in­di­cated Wim­bush is vis­it­ing UCF this week­end.

Wim­bush, who declared his in­ten­tion to trans­fer from Notre Dame fol­low­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, started 16 games for the Fight­ing Ir­ish but was re­placed three games into the 2018 sea­son by Ian Book.

Wim­bush passed for 719 yards, four touch­downs and six in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son while adding 256 yards and a touch­down on the ground.

Dur­ing his ca­reer, he’s com­pleted just over 50 per­cent of his passes for 2,606 yards, 20 touch­downs and 12 in­ter­cep­tions. He’s also rushed for 1,156 yards and 16 touch­downs.

Wim­bush re­port­edly planned to visit sev­eral schools be­fore mak­ing a decision in the next 8 to 10 days.

Mean­while, UCF quar­ter­back McKen­zie Mil­ton is still re­cov­er­ing from a se­vere knee in­jury suf­fered in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale. He’s been through mul­ti­ple surg­eries and con­tin­ues to re­hab, leav­ing his sta­tus for the 2019-20 sea­son up in the air.

Dar­riel Mack Jr., who started three games for the Knights in Mil­ton’s ab­sence, in­clud­ing ear­lier this month in the Fi­esta Bowl, pre­sum­ably would be the starter head­ing into spring prac­tice. The Knights’ quar­ter­back group also in­cludes Quadry Jones, Hay­den Kingston and Dil­lon Gabriel, an early-en­rollee from Hawaii.

Wim­bush wouldn’t be the first Notre Dame quar­ter­back to trans­fer to a school in the state of Florida.

Everett Gol­son (FSU, 2015) and Ma­lik Zaire (Florida, 2017) both were grad­u­ate trans­fers who con­tin­ued their col­lege ca­reers in the Sun­shine State with mixed re­sults.

FAU adds new coach

Lane Kif­fin will this com­ing be re­united sea­son with one of his as­sis­tants at South­ern Cal.

The Florida At­lantic Owls coach hired one of his for­mer of­fen­sive line coaches at USC, Mike Sum­mers, from Louisville to fill his only re­main­ing as­sis­tant coach­ing va­cancy, a source con­firmed on Satur­day.

FAU has not an­nounced the hire. The news was first re­ported by the Palm Beach Post.

Sum­mers was with Kif­fin at USC in 2013, the sea­son in which Kif­fin was fired from the Tro­jans. Sum­mers would go on to coach at Florida the fol­low­ing three sea­sons and the past two at Louisville.

With his Louisville line block­ing for Pom­pano Beach na­tive and for­mer Boyn­ton Beach High stand­out Lamar Jack­son in 2017, Louisville ranked third in to­tal of­fense and 11th in scor­ing of­fense. The Car­di­nals aver­aged 544.9 yards and 38.1 points per game. They set school records for to­tal of­fense and rush­ing of­fense.

Coach­ing col­lege foot­ball for nearly 40 years, Sum­mers has also had stops at Ken­tucky, Arkansas, Texas A&M, North­ern Illi­nois, Ore­gon State, Ok­la­homa State, Ohio and one sea­son pro­fes­sion­ally with the At­lanta Fal­cons (2007).

Ear­lier this off­sea­son, Kif­fin re­placed de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Tony Pec­o­raro with Glenn Spencer and wide re­ceivers coach Gary Har­rell with D.J. McCarthy.

NAM Y. HUH/AP

Notre Dame quar­ter­back Bran­don Wim­bush, who started 16 games with the Ir­ish, slated to visit UCF this week­end as he weighs trans­fer op­tions. is

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