At Monday’s press conference, Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Marcus Freeman announced that starting quarterback Tyler Buchner would be out for the remainder of the season. The sophomore suffered a high-grade shoulder sprain, an injury, Freeman says, Buchner will have surgery for and the recovery will take about four months.
The sophomore led the Irish offense for the first three-quarters of Saturday’s home opener against Marshall before he took a major hit in the fourth quarter on his 13th carry of the day. Buchner took off on a draw to the left and was crushed under two Marshall defenders along the Notre Dame sideline.
The signal caller had been 18 for 32 on completions with 2 interceptions. He led the Irish in rushing yards and added two rushing touchdowns to his tally before unceremoniously exiting the game, with Drew Pyne taking over.
According to Freeman, the Irish will turn to junior Drew Pyne as the starter going forward with freshman Steve Angeli as the backup.
“We are still very optimistic and very positive about our future,” Freeman said, adding he trusted both Buchner and Pyne to take the Irish through the season.
Freeman says Pyne will go with the ones and Angeli will go with the twos, splitting reps around 60/40. Under Pyne, 0-2 Notre Dame will take on 2-0 California at home on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m.