Tyler Buchner

Coach Marcus Freeman said after the No. 8 Fighting Irish’s 26-21 home defeat to Marshall that quarterback Tyler Buchner had a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter. Freeman stated that he does not know the severity of Buchner’s shoulder injury, but that it caused him to leave the game late.

A Marshall defender injured Buchner when he tackled him. When the injury occurred, Notre Dame was behind by a score of 26-15 against the Thundering Herd. Buchner was taken out of the game after going 18 for 32 for 201 yards and two interceptions.

In fact, Marshall scored a touchdown on one of his interceptions. Buchner scored twice on the ground for 44 yards, but the team still lost. Drew Pyne, who came in for Buchner earlier in the quarter, completed a touchdown pass in the last minute but not before throwing an interception to finish the drive.

Prior to Notre Dame’s Week 2 loss to Stanford, Buchner had a 10-for-18 passing performance for 117 yards in Notre Dame’s Week 1 loss against Ohio State. Following the 2021 season, in which Wisconsin transfer Jack Coan started for the Irish, Buchner took over as the team’s starting quarterback. As the Notre Dame offense prepared to face Marshall on Saturday, Freeman encouraged an “aggressive” strategy.

I don’t believe the mentality is as much to just control the time and restrict the offensive possessions this week,” Freeman said Wednesday. “We’re going for a high-octane offensive approach.

We may expect them to be combative, and we should be prepared to return fire. We will be an aggressive offensive unit, but our identity, to me, still begins with the running game and our ability to run the football, as you pointed out to begin your question.”

This is Buchner’s second year as a student at South Bend. As a 4-star prospect in the Class of 2021, he pledged his allegiance to Notre Dame. Buchner, a quarterback from Helix High School in La Jolla, California, is ranked tenth best in the incoming class of 2021. In addition, he was rated as the seventh-best player in the Golden State in that cycle, overall.

After a loss against Marshall on Saturday, Notre Dame dropped to 0-2 for the first time since 2011. In the afternoon, Marshall outgained the Irish 366-351, including a decisive 221-130 edge on the ground. After this loss, Freeman’s record as Notre Dame’s head coach is now 0-3. After Brian Kelly left for LSU at the end of the 2021 season, the Irish’s final game was coached by Freeman, who lost to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Even though Freeman has yet to record a victory as Notre Dame’s head coach, the Fighting Irish will be back in action in Week 3 when they host the Cal Bears. Irish play at home against Stanford before heading out on the road for games against North Carolina and BYU.

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Buchner started his education at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California, but he transferred to Helix High School in La Mesa for his final year of high school. Due to the global spread of the Covid-19 virus, he sat out his senior year of high school football. Buchner threw for 4,474 yards and 53 touchdowns as a junior in 2019, while also rushing for 1,610 yards and 28 scores. He is signed to play collegiate football with the Fighting Irish.

In 2021, Buchner was Notre Dame’s backup quarterback behind starter Jack Coan. In 10 games, he played, he completed 21 of 35 passes for 298 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. Also, he scored three touchdowns while rushing for 336 yards. Buchner battled it out with Drew Pyne to replace him as the starting quarterback in 2022.

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