Notre Dame football vs. Virginia Tech: Offensive Grades in Week 6
The quarterback situation is an absolute mess right now. That’s not a secret. After two straight weeks of Drew Pyne coming into the game and playing very well, he didn’t see the field at all against Virginia Tech. Instead, the much-maligned Jack Coan got the nod, and when he failed it became Freshman Tyler Buchner’s game.
When Buchner got hurt, the ball returned to Coan’s hand to win it. That’s all how the QBs are being managed by this staff, though. How did they actually play?
The answer is that they played inconsistently at best. Jack Coan came out and struggled early. He continues to lack awareness in the pocket, running into sacks and pressure. His accuracy wasn’t there, and he was benched for Buchner. Buchner came out and flashed why everyone is excited about his future. He ran well and threw for a touchdown and ran for another.
By the second half, though, things had changed. He cooled off and the game started moving too quickly for him. He threw two bad interceptions and was taken out after injuring himself.
Coan came back in, and like the reincarnation of Tommy Rees he pulled a miracle out. Playing better than he did since the final drive against Toledo, Coan managed to come in and bring Notre Dame football back to a tie game and eventually the lead.
Credit the energy both quarterbacks brought off the bench. Question the lack of consistency.