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Notre Dame QB Drew Pyne makes surprise decision on future

Drew Pyne in a helmet

Nov 27, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Drew Pyne (10) jogs on the field before the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne has made a surprising decision about his future with the Fighting Irish.

Pyne will leave Notre Dame and enter the transfer portal, he announced Friday. The sophomore will have three years of eligibility remaining wherever he lands.

Pyne went 8-2 in ten starts for the Fighting Irish this season, so it is a bit jarring to see him decide to leave. However, the Fighting Irish gave the starting job to fellow sophomore Tyler Buchner at the start of the season, but his campaign was derailed by an early season-ending injury. Buchner may well have the inside track on starting in 2023, which could have influenced Pyne’s decision.

Pyne threw for 22 touchdowns and six interceptions on the season. Having a full year of starting under his belt at a major program should make him attractive to a number of schools in need of a veteran fix at the quarterback position.

Video: Tommy Rees lit into QB Drew Pyne amid Notre Dame struggles

Tommy Rees yelling

Notre Dame’s offensive struggles continued on Saturday, and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees definitely looked like one of those who was feeling the pressure.

NBC cameras caught Rees berating quarterback Drew Pyne from the coaches’ box during Saturday’s game against California. Pyne looked quite sullen as Rees absolutely lit into the senior quarterback.

It did not take an expert lip-reader to figure out what Rees was saying based on this camera view, either.

“Do your f—ing job. The whole f—ing team is counting on you,” Rees appeared to say.

One can sympathize with Pyne, at least to a degree. He was pressed into duty after Week 1 starter Tyler Buchner suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Marshall last Saturday. He and the offense struggled mightily again in the first half against Cal, with the quarterback going 7/12 for just 57 yards, though he did throw a touchdown pass.

Rees is a former Notre Dame quarterback himself, so it is not as if he is unaware of the pressure here. Still, after the school made retaining him such a priority, he might come under scrutiny over the lack of results so far in 2022.

Notre Dame will have a new starting QB against Cal

Drew Pyne in a helmet

Nov 27, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Drew Pyne (10) jogs on the field before the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The struggling Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have a new quarterback leading the team next week.

Tyler Buchner, who was named the team’s starter to begin the season, suffered a sprain in his AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder on Saturday. He will undergo surgery that will end his season. A sophomore from the San Diego, Calif. area, Buchner struggled as a passer this season. He threw for 378 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He had rushed for 62 yards and two scores.

Backup quarterback Drew Pyne will now take over for the Fighting Irish as their starter.

Pyne went 3/6 for 20 yards with a touchdown and interception in relief of Buchner during Saturday’s loss to Marshall. The New Canaan, Conn. product is in his third year with the Irish football team. He has passed for 256 yards, three touchdowns and an interception during his college career.

After losing games to Ohio State and Marshall to begin 0-2, Notre Dame will face Cal next weekend at home. They are scheduled to visit North Carolina the following week, and then they will have a bye before a tough home game against BYU.

In addition to their games against ranked Ohio State and BYU, Notre Dame plays Clemson later this season, and they close the regular season on the road at USC on Nov. 26. Things will remain difficult for Marcus Freeman, who is looking for his first win as the program’s head football coach.

Notre Dame announces their starting quarterback for Week 1

Marcus Freeman looking ahead

Oct 2, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish Defensive Coordinator Marcus Freeman enters Notre Dame Stadium before the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have made their quarterback decision with a big season opener against Ohio State looming.

In a hype video posted to the football team’s Twitter account Saturday, the Irish announced that sophomore Tyler Buchner would get the nod for the team’s first game at Ohio State on Sept. 3. Buchner will start ahead of junior Drew Pyne, who had been the other competitor for the job.

Buchner, a highly-touted dual-threat quarterback, was a consensus four-star recruit upon his arrival in South Bend for the 2021 season. He completed 21 of 35 passes for 298 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in limited duty backing up Jack Coan last year. He was mostly used as a runner out of the backfield, tallying 336 yards and three touchdowns on 46 carries.

Buchner is younger than Pyne, but neither player has a lot of experience at the college level. With that as a non-factor, Pyne’s struggles during the spring helped serve as a tiebreaker between the pair.

The Fighting Irish are trying to keep momentum going in their first full campaign under new coach Marcus Freeman after an 11-2 year in 2021. The Buckeyes are the highest-ranked team on Notre Dame’s schedule, so Buchner will be facing some pressure to perform well immediately.

Drew Pyne wears No. 10 as tribute to former Notre Dame star

Drew Pyne

Drew Pyne came on and helped lead Notre Dame to a win over Wisconsin on Saturday. He stepped in at quarterback after Jack Coan got hurt and played well.

Pyne went 6/8 for 81 yards and a touchdown that put Notre Dame up 24-13 in the fourth quarter. They turned the game into a laugher with a pair of late-game pick-sixes to win 41-13.

Pyne is a freshman and former top recruit out of New Canaan, Conn. He is also a big fan of former Notre Dame star quarterback Brady Quinn, which inspired his jersey number choice of 10.

Quinn played quarterback at Notre Dame from 2003-2006. The FOX broadcaster was a top-five Heisman Trophy finisher in 2005 and 2006 and later became a first-round pick with the Cleveland Browns. He was also on hand to witness the big win while working for FOX.

Quinn told FOX’s Jenny Taft that Pyne wears jersey No. 10 because of him. Their families apparently had a relationship prior to Pyne going to South Bend.

Quinn was loving it after Pyne threw the big touchdown pass:

Pyne did Quinn proud on Saturday, that’s for sure.