Notre Dame Football: Should Brandon Wimbush change positions?

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Brian Kelly should consider moving Brandon Wimbush to wide receiver for the 2018 season. It’ll be good for both Notre Dame and Wimbush.

College football season is upon us. We are so close we can taste it. September 1 Michigan returns to Notre Dame Stadium, and the rivalry is reborn. There’s one question that should be asked before that game, though. Given his size, athletic ability, and inaccuracy, should the Irish consider a position change for Brandon Wimbush?

While he was at Saint Peter’s Prep in New Jersey, Wimbush was a Varsity quarterback for three seasons. While he did complete nearly 72 percent of his passes in high school — which is impressive — he did only attempt 222 passes for his entire high school career. Then, in his first two seasons at Notre Dame he attempted a total of five passes.

So, that means last season he attempted more passes (275) in one season than he did in the previous five combined, and frankly, it showed. He went from completing 71.3 percent of his passes combined between St. Peter’s Prep and Notre Dame to 49.5 percent. However, he did show some athletic ability and burst when running with the football, running for 804 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns.

Considering Kelly started grooming his heir apparent, if Ian Book can settle down the interceptions, it’s time to utilize the athleticism and speed and move Wimbush to receiver. That move would give Book a speed threat, and with his accuracy, that would give Notre Dame a touchdown threat.

For Wimbush, it would improve his draft stock dramatically, if he wants to play in the NFL. He will not get drafted as a quarterback, because he’s not good enough to play quarterback in the NFL. That said, if he makes the transition to wide receiver now, it shows he’s a team player, and may open some scouts eyes for the NFL.

It’s a much easier transition to make in college than the pros. Plus, it would give him one year experience at the position that he wouldn’t have otherwise.

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In the end, it’s all about what’s right for Notre Dame, though. That said, if you can kill two birds with one stone, why not?