Notre Dame working through changes at the quarterback position

NOW: Notre Dame working through changes at the quarterback position

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – While the Irish dropped the season home opener against Marshall, the team is hoping for redemption in their second home game.

It wasn’t clear what to expect from the Irish, playing under new Head Coach Marcus Freeman, but no one on the team expected to start the season 0-2.

“We’re all disappointed because we didn’t get him a win,” said Defensive Coordinator Al Golden.

Defensive Coordinator Al Golden has been tasked with holding the opposing team’s offense to as little points as possible.

“We have kept the points down but what we haven’t done is turn the field with takeaways,” Golden added.

The defense isn’t the only concern, as starting quarterback Tyler Buchner is sidelined for the season with a grade five shoulder sprain.

“We all feel for him. The whole program feels for him when your starting quarterback gets hurt,” Offensive Coordinator Tommy Rees said.

Stepping in is junior Drew Pyne, who is hoping to bring the offense more success moving forward.

“Always be as prepared and as ready as possible for any point that I need to help the team. So, I’m just going to keep preparing and treating practice like a game every single day and getting ready to go out there and have success,” Pyne said.

“I told Drew, we’re in a tough spot right and obviously we feel for Tyler but we think Drew’s the perfect guy right now for this opportunity,” Rees said.

The upcoming matchup will be against the Cal Golden Bears at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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