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Brandon Wimbush, Brian Kelly Respond To Transfer Report

Brandon Wimbush dropping back for a pass for Notre Dame.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 16: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

Brandon Wimbush is one of the many big-name quarterbacks to be replaced as QB1 since the start of the season, as Notre Dame made the switch to Ian Book a few weeks into the year.

Clearly that change worked out for the Fighting Irish.

The team is undefeated, and about to play as the No. 3 seed in the College Football Playoff.

Wimbush is also the subject of new transfer reports, and he hasn't exactly denied them. It makes sense that the veteran QB will look to play elsewhere after getting his degree from Notre Dame.

Ahead of tomorrow's match-up with No. 2 Clemson at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, both Wimbush and head coach Brian Kelly discussed the reports.

Everyone is pretty much saying the right things, and keeping the focus on the Clemson game first.

Here's what Brandon Wimbush had to say about a potential transfer from Notre Dame.

Via NDInsider:

“Preparing for the 29th. We’re a couple days away from this game, and I don’t want anything to be a distraction. I’m excited for what’s to come and what lies ahead. I have a year of eligibility left, so I’m excited to fulfill that.”

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“They know it wasn’t my decision to release that information,” Wimbush said of his teammates. “I didn’t have to worry about that being a distraction to the team and my guys. They asked me and joked around with me about it.”

Given how college football has changed, the bigger surprise would have been if his Notre Dame teammates had taken major umbrage with the move.

Brian Kelly says that no decision has been made as to whether Wimbush transfers at all, but that he is fully supportive of his former starting quarterback if he makes that decision.

“But I honestly think he’s in a position where he’s focused on these games, that he hasn’t gone all in on saying ‘I’m going to X, Y, Z school.’ So our conversations have been supportive. And I truly would tell you, I’m supportive of whatever his decision is. He’s earned the right to transfer and play in his senior year for what he’s done for Notre Dame.”

We've outlined some potential options for Wimbush, assuming he does leave South Bend. While he might not draw the same attention as a Kelly Bryant or Justin Fields, there's always a strong market for a veteran starting quarterback.

[NDInsider]