Notre Dame QB Tyler Buchner earns praise from Marcus Freeman during bowl prep
Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner is taking advantage of the Fighting Irish’s extra bowl practices.
While Jack Coan is expected to see the majority of the snaps vs. Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, Buchner’s development is important for the future of Marcus Freeman’s program.
On Wednesday, he indicated that he’s liked what he has seen so far from Buchner during bowl prep.
“What I see is a dude that can throw the ball,” Freeman told reporters on Wednesday, via 247Sports. He has a great release and he can put the ball in places that I haven’t seen many people do. Then obviously we know he can escape. He has the ability to extend plays with his legs, but you just watch a freshman just grow.”
Buchner played sparingly as a freshman, completing 21-of-36 passes for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. He’s also a threat with his legs and rushed for 336 yards and 3 more scores this year.
With Coan moving on after the season, Buchner will have a chance to cement his role as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback for next season. The Fighting Irish could still take a quarterback in the transfer portal, but likely would prefer for Buchner to be the guy in 2022 and beyond.
Kick off vs. Oklahoma State is 1:00 p.m. ET on Jan. 1.