Notre Dame football has some of the best depth at quarterback in the country, which makes it one of the hottest position battles to watch around the nation this spring. But it also gives the Fighting Irish options.
At the beginning of March, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he wanted to give quarterback Avery Davis an opportunity to play other positions. On Friday, offensive coordinator Chip Long confirmed those plans, saying they will “have a package for him” and “get him on the field.”
“He’s extremely athletic. He’s just got to start learning the offense, and that will come as spring goes,” Long said according to Mike Vorel of The South Bend Tribune. “But you can see what he can do and help us. I don’t need him on the sidelines signaling if he’s not the guy.”
Avery Davis continues to be one of the more intriguing pieces of ND's spring practice. Chip Long says if Avery isn't top QB in the fall, there will be a package that allows him to get on the field. pic.twitter.com/wbCHvIxBdc
— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) March 23, 2018
Even if Davis completes a full transition to another position, Notre Dame has three other viable options at quarterback. Senior Brandon Wimbush comes into spring as last season’s starter, but analysts have argued junior Ian Book could push Wimbush because he played well in limited opportunities during the 2017 season.
The Fighting Irish also added 4-star quarterback prospect Phil Jurkovec in the 2018 recruiting class. It wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see him involved in the competition behind center too this spring.
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