After a big Saturday of spring games, here’s the update on five of the biggest quarterback battles this offseason: Notre Dame, Nebraska, Texas, UCLA, Baylor
Quarterback Updates at Notre Dame, Nebraska, Texas, UCLA, Baylor
After some of the key spring football games, where do some of the bigger quarterback battles stand? Here’s the post-spring situation at Notre Dame, Nebraska, Texas, UCLA and Baylor, along with the fall camp prediction.
Be stunned if Brandon Wimbush isn’t the guy getting the call against Michigan. The spring game didn’t cement that, but after a good spring, the practice put him in the lead going into fall camp.
However, Ian Book is still going to be the better passer, and he’s still going to be deep in the hunt for the starting job throughout fall camp.
Wimbush – last year’s starter, who failed to hit half of his passes, but threw for 1,870 yards with 16 scores with six picks – is too dangerous a runner to not have a role of any sort. He ran for 803 yards and 14 scores last season, and at the very least, he’ll be a part of a rotation to mix things up if Book ends up taking the job.
Book can run a little bit, and he’s the one who led the Irish back in the bowl win over LSU with his big last moment scoring pass. The problem? He can throw, but he’ll also give away picks.
In the spring game, Avery Davis got in a little work – hitting both of his throws for 26 yards – but he’ll likely see time as a receiver early on. There’s still the X factor of star recruit Phil Jurkovec getting a shot in fall camp, but the two main guys showed this spring that everyone else will have to wait.
Considering he had to shine to look the part of the main man, Wimbush came up with the best day, completing 19-of-33 throws for 341 yards and two scores with a pick. However, he’s still too inconsistent.
Book completed 17-of-30 throws for 292 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions. He was solid, but so was Wimbush.
The tie goes to the runner.
Best Guess On Fall Depth Chart: 1) Wimbush, 2) Book, 3) Jurkovec