Notre Dame names starting quarterback for the 2022 season
Notre Dame has named sophomore Tyler Buchner its starting quarterback for this upcoming season.
Here’s the announcement:
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 13, 2022
Buchner beat out Drew Pyne for the starting job. This was the expected result, as Buchner looked good in short spurts of playing time last season.
Freeman told reporters on Saturday morning that “it was time” to make the decision and give the offense clarity on who the starting QB is going to be.
Marcus Freeman: "It was time. It was time to give the offense clarity on who was the starting quarterback."
— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) August 13, 2022
According to coach Marcus Freeman, Pyne has handled the news positively:
Freeman: “The guy who was most excited for Tyler was Drew Pyne. It’s a reflection of who he is.”
— Patrick Engel (@PatrickEngel_) August 13, 2022
Buchner is a sophomore from San Diego, California. He was a 4-star prospect in the class of 2021, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. He was the No. 11 quarterback in the country for that class.
In 2021, Buchner completed 21 of 35 passes (60%) for 298 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He was also a threat on the ground, rushing for 336 yards and 3 scores on 46 carries.
Buchner has taken on a larger leadership role this offseason — something he says he’s embraced in his second fall camp with the Fighting Irish.
The announcement comes on the same day that Notre Dame confirmed receiver Avery Davis will miss the 2022 season due to a torn ACL. The Irish are now down to 5 healthy wide receivers on scholarship.
Notre Dame opens the 2022 season with Ohio State on Sept. 3.