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With Kizer in the NFL, Wimbush took over as Notre Dame's starting quarterback in 2017 as a redshirt sophomore. In his first start for the Fighting Irish, Wimbush threw for 184 yards, two passing touchdowns, and an interception against Temple. He also gained 106 yards on the ground and had a rushing touchdown in the game. Two weeks later, he had 207 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to go along with 96 passing yards in a 49-20 victory over Boston College. Wimbush had 110 rushing yards and a career-high 280 passing yards against Wake Forest on November 4. In Notre Dame's bowl game against LSU, Wimbush was benched in the second quarter in favor of backup Ian Book, who led Notre Dame to a come-from-behind victory, 21-17.
Wimbush again started for Notre Dame in the 2018 season. Although, after a shaky start to the beginning of the season, backup Ian Book took over in Week 4.
^Staples, Andy. "Brandon Wimbush is ready to make Notre Dame fans forget the term '4-8'", Sports Illustrated, March 27, 2017. Accessed August 30, 2017. "With Deshone Kizer headed to the NFL and Malik Zaire headed to another school as a graduate transfer, the fate of the offense--and probably the fate of the jobs of everyone in the executive suite--will be in the hands of the 6' 1", 226-pounder from Teaneck, N.J.... As a high-schooler at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J., Wimbush had marveled at classmates' parents who had worked their way up to executive positions or had built their own businesses from scratch."