Notre Dame football vs. North Carolina: Offensive Grades in Week 9
Between both quarterbacks, there is only one drive that stuck out as an issue. It was the three and out in the second half where Jack Coan missed on an out route and then threw the ball into the dirt on a screen that he probably could have completed. Other than that, though, the quarterbacks were nearly perfect.
The Irish are also running a very unique two-quarterback system. It’s not one where every other drive they trade out quarterbacks. Instead, it occurs in the middle of drives, like a different formation. This gives the defense a different look, forcing them to be prepared for two different offensive designs on most plays or series.
Tyler Buchner shows you a lot of read-option, while Coan has been effectively running a hurry-up built on underneath throws.
The numbers for the quarterbacks weren’t massive. They both had a touchdown pass and Coan had one of the most surprising touchdowns runs you’ll see. More importantly, though, they both effectively moved the ball up and down the field. They didn’t make any major mistakes and it was great to see that.
This is a bit of a reset year for the offense, so to see this progression in the quarterback room is great. To see flashes of the future at the position is important.