No. 11: Central Florida Knights

Notre Dame Grad Transfer Brandon Wimbush gets a second chance to make a first impression

Brandon Wimbush is the first, second or third most intriguing musical-chairs quarterback transfer of the 2019 season.

The world book of records believes he is the first collegiate player to trade in a football scholarship at Southern Bend for one at Central Florida.

Reports that Joe Montana, after once getting yelled at during practice, considered leaving Notre Dame for San Jose State, remain reckless, unfounded and unsubstantiated.

We live in interesting times.

Wimbush went 13-3 as a starter at Notre Dame but that wasn’t good enough. He was benched in favor of Ian Book last year and spent the rest of the year cheering on teammates.

Society has its ideas about what players should do in these situations.

Kelly Bryant got benched at Clemson and left the team so he could focus on his future as Trevor Lawrence was lead the Tigers to the national title.

Bryant, who transferred to a show-me Missouri, learned last week he would not be receiving a national championship ring despite helping Clemson to four victories.

Jalen Hurts was hailed for NOT leaving Alabama after getting benched at halftime of the national title game.

He stuck it out the next year, even led a heroic victory in bullpen relief, but ultimately grad-transferred to Oklahoma, where he stands a decent chance of becoming the third straight Sooners quarterback win the Heisman Trophy.

Wimbush waited until a few days after Notre Dame got walloped by Clemson, 30-3 in the national semifinals, to announce his intentions.

Wimbush could argue it was his best chance of riding in a national championship parade because Central Florida has a history of holding ticker tape parties whether it wins the title or not.

Allowing Wimbush a second chance at UCF, and Bryant and Hurts their start overs at Missouri and Oklahoma, is one of the most respectable things the NCAA has ever done without a court injunction.

Loosened transfer rules benefit players, fans, competitive greatness and fight-the-tide programs such as UCF.

It allows Wimbush to plug in at a Group of 5 school that is on an incredible two-year run, but also one that lost quarterback McKenzie Milton to a devastating injury that will cost him the 2019 season.

Wimbush was no lock to win the job until spring, when Darriel Mack Jr., who replaced the injured Milton last year, broke his ankle in a non-football injury.

That almost assured Wimbush first-look reps when UCF opens Aug. 29 against Florida A&M.

How can anyone with a conscience be opposed to this story line?

Wimbush is certainly no polished diamond and the deserved rap on him at Notre Dame was he didn’t throw straight enough, completing only 50% of his passes.

That was a good ratio in 1950, but not 2019.

Wimbush was a run-first guy, accounting for more than 1,000 rushing yards at Notre Dame. He will get a chance to hone has passing skills in a dynamic spread offense under head coach and former quarterback Josh Heupel, who used a version of the Air Raid to lead Oklahoma to the 2000 BCS title.

Wimbush gives UCF, which has gone 24-1 the last two seasons, a chance to keep winning big while continuing to fight the long odds of a system pitted against the Group of 5.

Central Florida may not make to a title game, but we’d certainly settle for a bowl matchup against another school that finished 12-1 last year—Notre Dame.

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