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Hendrix takes aim at starting QB job at Miami (OH)

Jan 8, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT

USC Notre Dame Football AP

It appears that Chuck Martin has found his starting quarterback. And it’s a quarterback that he knows quite well.

The Cincinnati Enquirer has confirmed the already expected news that senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix will transfer to Miami (Ohio), to play out his eligibility for Martin, his former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. That news was confirmed by John Rodenberg, Hendrix’s high school coach at Moeller.

“Andrew is going in to Miami as the projected starter. It’s a good deal for him,” Rodenberg told the Enquirer.

Hendrix has played sparingly the past three seasons in South Bend after redshirting his freshman year. After briefly pulling even with Tommy Rees in 2011, he’s served as a back-up the past two seasons, a third-stringer in 2012 and as the No. 2 quarterback this year.

Projecting how Hendrix will play next season is difficult. He’s had an up and down career in South Bend, known for his physical skills, a strong arm and powerful running style, but not necessarily looking or playing comfortably when given his opportunities.

While the comparison isn’t exactly fair, it’s hard not to think of ex-Irish quarterback Dayne Crist when projecting Hendrix’s fifth year. Crist spent his final year of eligibility with Charlie Weis at Kansas, taking over the starting job for a team coming off a two-win season, and then struggling as the Jayhawks were overwhelmed throughout a 1-11 season that opened with a win over South Dakota State. Crist completed 47 percent of his throws, with four touchdowns and nine interceptions, before sharing snaps with backup Michael Cummings.

Hendrix will be walking onto a team that was winless last season, with the Redhawks losing on average by an astounding 26 points. While he’ll be competing in the MAC not the Big 12, this is an even tougher assignment than the one given to Crist.

Hendrix will be competing with returning contributors Austin Gearing and Drew Kummer, who combined to complete 41 percent of their passes for one touchdown and three interceptions. Fellow Moeller quarterback Gus Ragland is Martin’s first quarterback commitment, though you’ve got to wonder if a redshirt is in store for him. With Martin bringing in a new offense, Hendrix will have a leg up from the start.

In all likelihood, we’ll get our first chance at seeing what Hendrix can do being the unquestioned starting quarterback. With his Notre Dame degree in hand, you’ve got to credit him for taking his shot. While it’s hardly an ideal situation, it’s a good opportunity for a recruit that many saw having elite potential to get his shot at showing what he can do.

  1. 25kgold - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Talk about making a fresh start. You’d think Hendrix would go to a program where the coaching staff doesn’t know his inadequacies–then somehow convince them he’s the man for the job.

  2. mattymill - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Really hope he succeeds at Miami. Perhaps the not-so-bright lights of Oxford won’t make him look like a deer in highlights, as he did in South Bend.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      ah yes, the “dreaded deer in highlights” look…

      JK Matty :)

  3. newmexicoirish - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    I wish him nothing but the best. I just can’t get the second half of the USC game out of my head – I hope he can.

  4. nudeman - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    The parallels with Crist are striking.
    Both underperformed at ND and both are going to programs in the toilet with just 1 yr left.
    We all love this kid, but I don’t have high hopes for a big turnaround.
    His problems seem to be of an emotional or nervous nature, not talent.
    I’ve never seen someone panic so easily and I don’t see how that changes with new scenery.

    Miami was winless (right?) last year and Martin has to build a program.
    It’s nice that he’s opening the door for Hendrix, but he won’t and shouldn’t have infinite patience with a guy who won’t be around in 2015.

    If they and he get off to a lousy start, Martin will be replacing him.

    • dickasman - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      Keith just nailed it on the head his biggest problem “aim”. Guy aims every throw and end up throwing everywhere else you don’t need unlik visa MasterCard.

      Hell of a human being wish him the best. He’s not a gay guy though he can’t play in spread. Hope Martin ha enough sense and bk him down the throat.

    • 4horsemenrideagain - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      compared to crist, hendrix will benefit from the fact that miami’s conference isn’t quite the Big 12, so maybe being big, strong and fast will translate into something more for hendrix than it did for crist.

    • viktory2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. The kid showed virtually nothing since 2011, so it’s unlikely he’s turning into a competent qb overnight. He gets to play another year before hitting the workforce, so I guess it’s worth his while.

    • jimbasil - Jan 9, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      He under performed because he wasn’t given an opportunity to show his wares in game time opportunities (meaning practice with 1st team as the starter and given whole games to play – heck Rees lost 4 games and underwhelmed in 6 others – Even AH could have done that – so too could have Crist). Kelly’s reliance on TR was truly head-scratching.

      AH is nothing like Crist unless you think Kelly pulled the same head games on AH as he did on Crist.

      Kelly, IMO, mismanaged the QB position for 4 straight years. Let’s hope with Goslon returning will get things straightened out at that position.

      • jmset3 - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Did you watch the games at all?

      • jimbasil - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Have you followed his career? Not to call you names but you’d have to be an idiot to think AH received ample practice time with the first unit (as in time that Rees got) and received real playing time with fair practice times. I’d also have to say, have you watched football in the last 2 decades? Next time you comment, read and think first, then post – or not.

  5. idratherbeinsouthbend - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    South Dakota State mention on the Notre Dame blog….the stars have aligned. LOL

    Go Rabbits.

    • andy44teg - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Hell yes! Gotta love it!

      Go Jacks!

  6. goirishgo - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Best of luck to Andrew especially because that team is truly awful.

  7. irishlee10 - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Hope he can help miami start heading in the right direction. Can’t expect that much from Hendrix

  8. bernhtp - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    I hope he does great at Miami. Maybe the starting role will progress him past his current state and give him the awareness and confidence he obviously needs.

    Regardless, he is a Notre Dame alumnus and part of a prestigious club. He’ll join another when he ultimately gets his MD.

  9. jimbasil - Jan 9, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    I really am glad to see him get out from under Kelly’s myopic use of talent. Best of luck to him (and GAIII).

    I think he has much talent. I just hope Kelly putting him down behind TR hasn’t irreversibly affected his self-esteem.

    • irishpuma - Jan 9, 2014 at 1:59 AM

      How could it not. It would be like your wife leaving you for your unemployed brother who has a paper route and is missing a few teeth and pushing 300 hundred pounds. Ask Dickasman he knows how that feels.

  10. ndnut - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Yes! Go Jackrabbits!

  11. ndnut - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Yes! Go Jackrabbits!

  12. danirish - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    The cool thing is after next year, no matter the outcome of Miami’s football program, Hendrix will have a degree from Notre Dame and finish grad school. He will probably do well in whatever his future holds.

    Good luck Hendrix, I still remember your long run against Air Force!

    GO IRISH!

  13. viktory2013 - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    With Rees and Hendrix, ND had two of the least talented Qbs in Division I; it’s remarkable the team got 9 wins out of it. With Golson backed by Zaire next year, the offense (and team) will be a different animal.

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