Notre Dame sophomore quarterback Tyler Buchner will start the season opener against Ohio State on Sept. 3 in Columbus, the Irish announced Saturday.
Buchner threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games this past season, mostly as a backup to graduate transfer Jack Coan. Buchner also rushed for 336 yards and three touchdowns.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound QB was the favorite to start behind center. He won the competition against third-year sophomore Drew Pyne, who appeared in games against Wisconsin and Cincinnati. Pyne relieved an injured Coan against Wisconsin then had 34 snaps the next week against Cincinnati. However, Pyne did not play in any of Notre Dame's final eight games.
Buchner, who averaged more than 11 snaps per game after Week 6, provides the Irish with a mobile QB compared to Pyne.
“Those guys can both give us a chance to win,” Notre Dame head coach Freeman said. “We just think Tyler brings an element, a dynamic element with his feet, the ability to extend plays, to have a QB-running game, that really added into this decision.”
Buchner and Pyne each have three years of eligibility remaining.