Notre Dame Quarterback Tyler Buchner Out For Season With Shoulder Injury

By Chase Brown on September 12, 2022 at 1:09 pm
Tyler Buchner
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Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner will miss the rest of the 2022 season with a shoulder injury, head coach Marcus Freeman announced Monday.

Freeman said Buchner suffered a high-grade sprain to his AC joint on his left, non-throwing shoulder on the last of his 13 rushing attempts in his team's stunning 25-22 loss to Marshall. He will undergo surgery and is expected to recover over four months.

Buchner was 18-of-32 passing for 201 yards and two interceptions while adding 44 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion on the ground before he sustained the injury. Against Ohio State, Buchner completed 10 of his 18 passes for 177 yards and was held to only 18 yards on 11 carries.

Drew Pyne will be Irish's new starter in Week 3 against California. He replaced Buchner after his injury and threw an interception on his second pass attempt. However, most of the sophomore signal-caller's experience came last season when he stepped in for an injured Jack Coan against Wisconsin. Pyne finished that game 15-of-30 passing for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

Buchner's 2022 season ended with 378 yards and two interceptions passing the football while contributing 62 rushing yards and two touchdowns using his legs.

Notre Dame started the year as the No. 5-ranked team in college football. The Irish fell to No. 8 after losing to then-No. 2 Ohio State and are now out of the AP top 25 for the first time in 80 weeks following their upset loss to the Thundering Herd.

At 0-2 and a backup quarterback now the team's starter, Freeman will have his hands full as a first-year head coach looking to right the ship after a disastrous 0-3 start to his tenure with the Irish.

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