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