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Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush transfers to UCF

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Well, we knew that UCF’s quarterback options for the 2019 season were interesting and now, they have acquired a transfer that will definitely be in the mix to start this season.

This as, former Notre Dame starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush announced on social media earlier Tuesday that he had decided to transfer from the Fighting Irish to the Knights.

Wimbush just completed his redshirt junior season and was a successful starter in 2017. Wimbush threw for over 1,800 yards and rushed for over another 600 leading Notre Dame to a 10-2 record. He also set the Irish record for rushing TDs by a quarterback with 14 for that year.

However, he went to the bench this past season after the first three games being replaced by coach Brian Kelly in favor of Ian Book. Book led the Irish to six consecutive wins to get their record to 9- 0 before suffering a rib injury against Northwestern.

Wimbush replaced him in Notre Dame’s 42-13 romp over Florida State (above) in South Bend on November 10th. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for 68 yards in that victory.

Book then returned for the last two wins over Syracuse and USC to finish a perfect regular season. The Fighting Irish were blown out by eventual National Champion Clemson in the Cotton Bowl 30-3.

And that brings up the transfer and the very interesting dynamic with UCF quarterback situation. Darriel Mack, who just completed his first season as a redshirt freshman, would appear to be on track to be the Knights starter. After all he’s been in Josh Heupel system this past year and filled in at the end of the season for injured star quarterback McKenzie Milton.

Milton was hurt in the regular-season finale with USF and Mack replaced him for the Knights second consecutive AAC championship game win over Memphis. Mack then, quarterbacked the Knights in the Fiesta Bowl loss to LSU, where he played erratically at times, including having 10 straight incompletions to in the game.

Milton has had multiple surgeries on his badly injured right knee and leg. It’s unknown if he will ever be able to play, again.

Meanwhile, Wimbush apparently was taking several visits including talking to Penn State about transferring there, but according to, after meeting with Heupel this weekend, he was sold on coming to Orlando.

Wimbush is a graduate transfer that is eligible to play for the Knights, immediately.

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