Notre Dame football: Week 1 offensive grades vs. Florida State
Jack Coan is who we thought he would be, and there really is no way around that. At times, it seemed like he was the best quarterback since Brady Quinn. Other times, his lack of natural athleticism and arm strength were glaring.
Ultimately, Coan was an excellent decision maker against Florida State, who was under pressure most of the night. Michael Mayer is obviously Coan’s favorite target, as he went to him early and often throughout the night. He also managed to pepper the ball into the wide receivers, who he did a good job finding in space and downfield throughout the night.
There were issues, of course. Jack Coan’s lack of speed was on display, including through a strange 3rd and 5 power run attempt from Tommy Rees’ play sheet. There were also several under throws and it was clear that Coan’s arm is simply not strong enough to make every throw on the field.
Still, ball doesn’t lie and Coan balled out.
Final statline: 26/35 for 366 yards and 4 TDs