Friday we shared a great WatchND video featuring new defensive coordinator MIke Elko and senior captain Drue Tranquill interviewing each other. This weekend the WatchND crew outdid themselves with a great interview between Jack Nolan and Brandon Wimbush – the man everyone expects to be the Notre Dame starting quarterback.. except Brandon Wimbush.
If you have seven minutes, watch the full video above, it’s well worth your time. If not, here are some notes from the interview.
- Wimbush is not ready to assume he is the starting quarterback, he wants to earn it. He mentioned Ian Book and Montgomery Vangorder and even Avery Davis who will arrive in the summer. He’s not acting like the position is his but like he’s competing for it. I love that.
- He mentioned again that all of the players have quickly bought in to the new culture that the “new staff” has been instilling.
- In terms of tempo, Wimbush mentions that the offense is moving at a much faster tempo than they have previously. Brian Kelly wanted to have a tempo offense when he came to Notre Dame and never has been able to do it. We’ll see if it happens now with Chip Long.
- Wimbush talks about how helpful his mother has been not only throughout his life but even moreso now that he is the starting quarterback for Notre Dame (even if he doesn’t want to admit it).
- When asked about his physical condition, Wimbush gave Matt Balis some props and mentioned that his body fat has gone down and he feels like a different person.
- Anyone else notice Wimbush mention Mike McGlinchey getting pushed 10 yards back on some plays? Don’t know if we should be happy about the defense or worried about McGlinchey.
- Wimbush credited both St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey and the education he’s received at Notre Dame for his poised and polished presence in front of cameras. Reminder: current 2018 Notre Dame commitments Jayson and Justin Ademilola both attend St. Peter’s Prep as well.
Brandon Wimbush is a supremely talented individual and his physical skills should give every Notre Dame fan a lot of optimism for the fall, but watching him conduct himself off the field should have fans equally as excited. Wimbush is clearly a kid who has his head screwed on right and it’s very obvious that the situation has not gotten to his head in the slightest.
There is still a very, very long way to go between now and the season opener against Temple, but if Brandon Wimbush keeps approaching spring football with this approach and he carries that over to summer conditioning and fall camp; Notre Dame is could come out of the gates very strong this fall.