Tyler Buchner: Current thoughts
Due to recency bias, I’m sure the first thought is “no” due to the very sloppy performance against Ohio State. Tyler Buchner didn’t have the best outing vs Ohio State, having completed only 10 total passes on 21 attempts for 177 yards. To note, he was under pressure and overwhelmed by a superior OSU defense.
Below, you’ll see a short clip of his second half performance. You notice the offense is overmatched and Buchner is unable to get set or go through his progressions.
Tyler Buchner 2nd half vs Ohio state (2 completions 0 points) all throws and runs. https://t.co/RtHTK7PnnN pic.twitter.com/kWejuinSBW
— Brodie (@StroudHEISMAN) September 5, 2022
Tyler Buchner: What made him special?
Buchner exemplifies the definition of “student-athlete”. Not only was he a 4-star prospect and rated 11th best QB in 2020 (according to 247sports), but he had a 4.0 GPA. He received 16 offers ranging from football powerhouses: Alabama and Georgia to prestigious academic schools: Yale and Princeton. This tells us that not only did he excel in the classroom, but if he was receiving offers from top football programs that he has something special within his arsenal.
After serving as a backup to Jack Coan, who’s since graduated, he competed this offseason with Drew Pyne for the starting position. On August 13th, he was officially announced as the starting QB. With a year of experience under his belt, Notre Dame faithful are hoping for more than a game manager.
Tyler Buchner: Biggest challenges?
Loss of Longtime WR
In August, 6th-year WR Avery Davis reportedly tore his ACL and was ruled out for the season. This leaves Buchner without an established and reliable target in this offense.
Buchner was dual-threat option coming into college, he will see a significant change in the speed of the game. This won’t allow him to use his legs as effectively as he did in high school, which was on display in the OSU game.
First start in over two years
Due to COVID-19 effectively terminating his senior season and being a back-up to Coan, Buchner’s start against OSU was his first start in almost two-and-a-half years. It’s very possible this may have contributed to his slow, uninspired performances.
Tyler Buchner: Where do we go from here?
Next up for Buchner and the Fighting Irish, they will be playing their first home game against Marshall. Realistically, the Irish should easily handle Marshall, along with California and North Carolina, their next test projects as BYU (currently, #21).
Key Matchups to watch
- Oct. 8th vs BYU
- Oct. 29th @ Syracuse
- Nov. 5th vs Clemson
- Nov. 26th @USC
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Excellent analysis! While I do wonder about Buchner, I think the people throwing him under the bus are being ridiculous. The entire offense sputtered and admittedly, it was a great second half performance by OSU. We should see improvement the next few weeks against lesser opponents, which may help Buchner elevate his game down the stretch. GO IRISH!!