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Phil Jurkovec Enters Transfer Portal

With Ian Book returning and more competition on the way, Notre Dame quarterback Phil Jurkovec has entered the transfer portal.

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One week after Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book announced that he would return to South Bend next season, backup sophomore Phil Jurkovec has entered the transfer portal, per’s Matt Zenitz.

In a less than shocking move, Jurkovec will leave the university after two seasons. He appeared in five games this season and threw two touchdown passes. However, his game action did not consist of truly “meaningful” snaps.

Jurkovec came to South Bend as a four-star prospect. During his recruitment process, head coach Brian Kelly labeled Jurkovec as “the best quarterback prospect in the country.”

Jurkovec’s decision to transfer also comes after Notre Dame recruited a pair of four-star quarterbacks in Tyler Buchner (2021) and Drew Pyne, who will arrive on campus in two weeks.

Sophomore Brendon Clark is the only other quarterback listed on the Irish depth chart, but he will surely compete with Pyne for the backup role in the coming months leading into spring ball.

Jurkovec had offers from other programs such as Ohio State, UCLA, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Clemson, and Alabama, but he chose Notre Dame as his home.

We’ve seen big-name players enter the transfer portal and attain success before, e.g. Joe Burrow, Justin Fields, Jalen Hurts, etc. one could expect to see Phil land at a big-name university, possibly even one that is on the schedule for the Irish in 2020.

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