With the Notre Dame spring football game approaching, fans everywhere are hoping that Brian Kelly will provide clarity about who will start at quarterback available sometime soon.
Even if there isn’t a starter named by the time they wrap up their spring on April 21, fans who assume that not having a clear-cut No. 1 would certainly like to know sooner rather than later. However, they may have to wait longer than they’d hope, because Kelly insists that “Who’s the starter?” isn’t a question they’re interested in finding the answer to.
“I don’t know if we’re looking for an answer as much as consistency in play,” Kelly said according to Tim O’Malley of IrishIllustrated.com. “Like today, we missed a boundary up-read when [Brandon Wimbush] threw the ball outside to Miles Boykin [for a touchdown] when we had somebody [Cole Kmet] wide open up the seam.
“We want to get better at that then worrying about ‘Who’s the starter?’ Because then that will take care of itself. Our focus – my focus, (quarterbacks coach) Tommy Rees’ focus, (offensive coordinator) Chip Long’s focus – is really about how we get our passing game where it needs to be and we can’t miss those reads like we did today.”
Wimbush has gotten first crack at reps with the first-team as the incumbent starter and Kelly has been largely complimentary of his play this spring while commenting that he needed to see more consistency from backup Ian Book. However, in recent practices, Kelly says that Book has answered the challenge.
Still, if the Irish aren’t truly looking to award the job at this stage of the offseason then a few days of solid play in the spring won’t have much of an impact by the time they are ready to name a starter in the fall. So expect this thing to drag out deep into training camp this summer.