Notre Dame Fighting Irish QB Tyler Buchner to have shoulder surgery, miss 4 months

Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner suffered a high-grade AC sprain in his non-shooting shoulder in Saturday’s loss to Marshall, Ireland coach Marcus Freeman told reporters Monday.

Buchner will have surgery on Tuesday and Freeman expects the recovery process to take four months, which would put Buchner out for the rest of the season.

“We can all do the math and probably put it somewhere, maybe in January,” Freeman said. “So that’s where we are right now. Drew Pyne will be our starter, and like I said when we delved into quarterback competition at fall camp, I had utmost confidence that both guys would be able to lead our offense and lead this football team.

In the first two games, Buchner was 28 of 50 passes for 378 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Pyne played four games in his debut season in 2020 and two games in 2021. Steve Angeli, a true newcomer, will take on representatives from the second team.

Freeman noted that the passing game wouldn’t change much with Pyne as the starter. But the main difference will be Buchner’s speed advantage over Pyne’s. The ability to get a team to respect the quarterback is crucial in options play, so what runs plays they can call with him as a starter will matter to Pyne. Regardless of what games are called, Freeman realized the coaches needed to better prepare the team after his 26-21 loss to Marshall.

“The last 36 hours have been a reality check for all of us, from the coaches, to the head coach, to the assistant coaches, to our players,” Freeman said. “Evaluating everything we do thoroughly and really trying to figure out what our problems are. I think I said that after the game, it’s the execution, it’s being executed, but I think more than that, it focuses on the whole of the game.”

Freeman says he saw leadership in both Pyne and Angeli, and even though Pyne lost the preseason quarterback contest, he was ready and willing to take over at any time.

In addition to this preparation, although Buchner is not on the field, Pyne and Angeli will have him on the sidelines to help them and guide them through games.

“That’s going to be[Buchner’s]role now, you have to be a coach,” Freeman said. “You have to make our team better somehow, even if you’re not going to play.” Notre Dame Fighting Irish QB Tyler Buchner to have shoulder surgery, miss 4 months

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