The University of Notre Dame announced Saturday that sophomore Tyler Buchner will be the starting quarterback for the 2022 season, The Athletic reports. Buchner is half Asian and half White.
According to CBS Sports, Buchner appeared in 10 games during the 2021 season. He threw 35 passes, completing 21 for 298 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. During pre-season, Buchner was competing with Drew Pyne for the starting spot. CBS Sports believe Buchner’s mobility gave him the edge over Pyne.
“It was a very hard decision,” said offensive coordinator Tommy Rees at a press, according to WNDU. “You have two kids that are working very hard to accomplish a goal. Drew has been the best Drew Pyne he’s been since he’s been at Notre Dame, which is a huge credit to him.”
“I think Tyler’s finding his stride right now,” Rees added. “I think part of this decision is to allow him to have that platform to really not be apprehensive about every play, every decision. It allows him the freedom to go out there and operate knowing that this team has his back and we’re ready to move forward.”
At the press conference, Buchner said he was still in shock.
“I don’t know if it’s completely hit me yet,” said Buchner, according to WNDU. “It’s a pretty surreal feeling.”
Buchner will start his first game against Ohio State on Sept. 3 in Columbus, Ohio
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