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The QB Situation



If you haven’t heard yet, Tyler Buchner is set to have surgery on his shoulder tomorrow, which means he will likely be out for the rest of the season. Marcus Freeman named Drew Pyne the starter for Saturday and Steve Angeli the backup. Let’s get into detail about all 3 of these guys.


Tyler Buchner - Buchner left in the 4th quarter of Saturday’s game against Marshall after taking a big hit. He left the game completing 18 of his 33 passes for 201 yards and 2 interceptions. He ran 13 times for 44 yards and 2 touchdowns. Buchner has thrown for 378 yards and 0 touchdowns in the 2 games he has started this year. He has ran for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 2 games combined. Buchner hasn’t really been able to get it going through the air, and received some boos early into the Marshall game as the Irish offense couldn’t do anything.


Drew Pyne - Drew Pyne entered the game late into the game after Buchner suffered his injury and had 2 drives. He finished completing 3 of his 6 passes for 20 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. This was Pyne’s only action all season, but last year he did appear in some games when Jack Coan wasn’t performing. In the 2021 season, Pyne completed 15 of his 30 passes for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. Drew Pyne has shown in spurts that he can be very electrifying if he gets that opportunity, and going forward he will have that chance as he is now the starting quarterback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.


Steve Angeli - Angeli is just a true freshman from Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey. Angeli has not played a snap for Notre Dame yet but has a chance to appear if Drew Pyne doesn’t perform well. In his senior season, Angeli threw for 1,717 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. He only appeared in 6 games and put those numbers up. I am very high on Angeli, and think if given the right opportunity, he can be a very good QB. I would love to see Angeli get some playing time this Saturday, especially if it is not a close game.


Drew Pyne will start the game this Saturday, but if he doesn’t perform well, I would love to see Marcus Freeman and Tommy Rees pull the trigger early and give the freshman a shot. If you enjoyed reading this, subscribe to the Irish Tribune.


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