John Heisler | March 26, 2017
Brandon Wimbush vividly recalls the circumstances when his football life at the University of Notre Dame changed a little after noon on a Monday in December.
"I remember exactly where I was," says Wimbush. "I was with C.J. (Sanders), Miles Boykin, Chris Finke, Trevor Ruhland. I was headed into a management exam.
"We were all there when I got the news. My Twitter started blowing up--all the social media feeds started going nuts. I got a message from my mom and called her and she was pretty excited about it."
The "news" that day said incumbent Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer was headed to the NFL. That meant Wimbush qualified as the "next man up" on the depth chart.
"I knew a couple of days in advance," says the 6-1, 225-pounder from Teaneck, New Jersey. "We had had a conversation, so I knew what he was doing. He gave me a heads-up.
"But the announcement still had that `wow' effect. This could be my chance."
While Kizer's probably not-too-surprising decision elicited its share of headlines and reaction, the sidebar involved Wimbush. In one fell swoop he was being viewed through a different lens than he had been during a 2015 season in which he played briefly in two games (he completed three of five passes versus Massachusetts, also ran for a 58-yard touchdown and saw action later that fall against Pittsburgh) and a planned 2016 campaign that he watched entirely from the sidelines. Around 100 of his hometown fans came to MetLife Stadium last fall to see the Irish defeat Syracuse--knowing Wimbush would not play.