Brian Kelly standing by Brandon Wimbush after up-and-down game against Ball State

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The quarterback position at Notre Dame is one of the most heavily-scrutinized positions in all of sports.

After seemingly quieting many of the Brandon Wimbush critics with his play in a Week 1 win over Michigan, they are back in full force after Saturday's performance against Ball State.

It was an odd game for Wimbush. He threw three interceptions and was sacked four times, but also set a career high with 297 passing yards.

Even weirder, the guy whose greatest strength is his ability to take off and run the ball finished with -7 rushing yards due to taking all of those sacks.

After the game, Wimbush was very critical of his play, but Irish head coach Brian Kelly said he's sticking with his signal caller.

"I mean, I don't give myself an A, a B, I would say D, D+," Wimbush said. "You can't throw three interceptions and win games that are going to be vital to the team's success."

"Brandon Wimbush wasn't the reason we were ineffective offensively," Kelly said. "I could name all the things that I just mentioned. I don't think we coached very well this week. I don't believe I prepared them the way we should have now that I see the way they played. We didn't protect them at the highest level. There's a lot of things.Now, I get it, right? It's going to go back to the quarterback, and he gets the scrutiny. But I don't think it got to the point where, Hey, let's pull Brandon Wimbush out of that game."

Wimbush and the Irish will look to bounce back on Saturday when Notre Dame hosts Vanderbilt at Notre Dame Stadium. The game is set to begin at 2:30pm.