Marcus Freeman sends a clear message about Notre Dame’s new starting quarterback

SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 20: Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman looks on during a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 20, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN . (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

On Saturday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish announced second Tyler Buchner as the team’s starting quarterback for the 2022 college football season.

According to new head coach Marcus Freeman, Buchner earned his starting job by deciding fashion.

“He’s an alpha male in this room,” Freeman said, according to Notre Dame insider Tyler Horka.

Buchner won the starting job this year over returning junior Drew Pyne. He also leads quarterback room on four-star rookie Steve Angeli and legacy reserve Ron Powlus III.

Buchner has appeared in 10 games for the Fighting Irish in 2021, serving as the primary backup for Colts quarterback Jack Coan. The true freshman QB led the team in passing yards when he took over from a benched Coan in a Week 6 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies. He finished the year with 336 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Buchner joined the Notre Dame program as a four-star rookie in the 2021 class. The California native was ranked the 11th quarterback rookie in the class, per 247Sports.

Notre Dame will kick off its 2022 season with a marquee game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 3.

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