Tyler Buchner is returning to the Notre Dame football program this fall.

Buchner spent the first couple of years of his college career at Notre Dame before transferring to Alabama ahead of the 2023 season. After serving as one of Alabama’s backup quarterbacks last season, he returned to South Bend to join the lacrosse program this spring.

Now, Buchner has announced his return to the Notre Dame football program — but as a walk-on. He announced that news in a letter to the Notre Dame faithful on Friday.

In the letter, Buchner expressed his gratitude toward coach Marcus Freeman allowing him to return to the program as a walk-on:
“Notre Dame has always been a place of faith and redemption, but I never imagined the extent of its generosity until the day Coach Freeman allowed me to rejoin the football team as a walk-on. Being able to play the game I have loved since I can remember and playing for Notre Dame had been my dream. I risked it all and believed I had lost it all, as I did not think even returning to football at Notre Dame would be in the cards. As I was leaving Alabama, I had scholarship opportunities to play quarterback elsewhere. Even though I knew I was potentially giving up on my football dreams, I turned them down and told my parents that I would pay my way through school because I only wanted to be at Notre Dame. It would have been easy for the football coaching staff to see me just as a player who had left, but instead, I am grateful they were able to see me as a young man eager to return and contribute in any way I could for the greater good of the team.”

According to multiple reports, Buchner will be a wide receiver in his second stint with the Fighting Irish. It will be the first time in Buchner’s football career that he’s played a position other than quarterback.

Buchner is fresh off of helping Notre Dame’s lacrosse team to the national championship earlier this spring. Jordan Faison, another Notre Dame wide receiver, also plays lacrosse for the Fighting Irish.

Buchner has played sparingly over the past couple of seasons. He won the starting job at Notre Dame in 2022, but suffered a shoulder injury that cost him the rest of the regular season in Week 2. Last year at Alabama, Buchner earned 1 start and went just 8-of-19 for 61 yards on the season.

Notre Dame will open the 2024 season on the road against Texas A&M in Week 1.