When the Notre Dame offense takes the field against Ohio State on Sept. 3, it will be led by quarterback Tyler Buchner. The sophomore was announced as “QB1” by the school on Saturday, putting an end to high-profile and hard-fought offseason quarterback battle at a potential College Football Playoff contender.
Buchner and Drew Pyne were seen as the primary contenders in an intense offseason competition. Neither possesses a lot of in-game experience to this point, as Ian Book played in 45 games for the Fighting Irish from 2017 to 2020 and was replaced by grad transfer Jack Coan last year.
While he wasn’t the 2021 starter, Buchner did appear in 10 games. As a change-of-pace player from Coan, Buchner threw only 35 passes, completing 21 for 298 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Most of his work came in the run game, as he rushed for 336 yards and three touchdowns on 46 carries. It’s possible that his mobility was a deciding factor in the competition with Pyne, who appeared in games against Wisconsin and Cincinnati last season but didn’t play in any of Notre Dame’s final eight games.
Buchner was a four-star recruit in Notre Dame’s 2021 recruiting class. He ranked as the No. 91 player, according to 247Sports, and the No. 10 QB. He chose Notre Dame, but had offers from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and USC, just to name a few.