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Notre Dame Football: Brandon Wimbush Will Reportedly Pursue Graduate Year Elsewhere

Senior quarterback will remain with Irish for the playoffs, then head to unnamed destination.

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Brandon Wimbush, a four-star prospect from New Jersey who started 16 games at quarterback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, will reportedly pursue a graduate transfer.

Stadium’s Brett McMurphy first reported the news, with Irish Sports Daily confirming through an unnamed source close to Wimbush that the senior would remain with his team through the playoff game(s).

Wimbush is 13-3 as a starter so far, throwing for 2,606 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The St. Peter’s Prep product started all but one game last year and the first three of this year before ceding the reins to Ian Book.

As a graduate transfer, Wimbush will be available to play immediately for his new team. No destination has been announced.

Wimbush will join Dayne Crist, Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson, Malik Zaire and Montgomery VanGorder as recent Irish quarterbacks who pursued their final year of eligibility at another school.

Wimbush is expected to receive his degree in accounting during the next graduation ceremony, according to ISD.

Since 2000, Notre Dame has only had four student-athletes enter as quarterbacks and exhaust their eligibility here while remaining at the same position. They are Brady Quinn, Darrin Bragg, Evan Sharpley and Tommy Rees.

If you think that quarterbacks not finishing at Notre Dame is an unhealthy thing, my counter-argument would be the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Since 2000, they’ve only had one quarterback exhaust their eligibility in Tuscaloosa while remaining at that position. The Tide dynasty has seen five quarterbacks graduate with eligibility remaining (Brodie Croyle, John Parker Wilson, Greg McElroy, A.J. McCarron and Cooper Bateman).

They’ve also had nine quarterbacks transfer from the program before graduation. (Notre Dame has had seven: Matt LoVecchio, Christian Olsen, David Wolke, Zach Fraser, Demetrius Jones, Nate Montana and Gunner Kiel.)

I encourage you to wish Wimbush the best at his next destination, and congratulate him for earning his degree from the university.

Merry Christmas to all.