Notre Dame Football: Tech transfer QB could be perfect Fighting Irish fit

A brand new transfer quarterback has just announced his intention to enter the portal in December and he could be a good fit for Notre Dame football.

The Sam Hartman era of Notre Dame football is almost over. We all knew it was going to be a one-year rental.

With just two games left in the Fighting Irish season (including a bowl game) it’s officially time to start looking at who comes next. Head coach Marcus Freeman made it clear last week he will be looking in the transfer portal for a replacement.

On Sunday, Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough announced he would enter the portal when it opens on December 4.

“The people of Lubbock and within the athletic department have reignited my love for football, welcomed my family with open arms, and helped me persevere through some of the most difficult times,” Shough posted. “… It is in my best interest to enter the transfer portal and look for a new opportunity to play a full year and pursue my goal of being an NFL QB.”

When Shough does officially become a “free agent,” it seems likely that Notre Dame football coaches will at least give him a long look.

The former Texas Tech Red Raider started his career with the Oregon Ducks before moving to Lubbock ahead of the 2021 campaign. Unfortunately for the signal-caller, injuries have derailed a career that has shown promise when he’s health.

This year he compiled 746 yards passing with 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He also ran for over 200 yards. It’s that combine ability to throw the ball and do damage on the ground that might make him attractive to the Fighting Irish. That was, after all supposedly one of the draws of Sam Hartman, even if he didn’t run much once he landed in South Bend.

Notre Dame football could look Tyler Shough’s way

It stands to reason that Shough wouldn’t be Notre Dame football’s top target in the portal. That’s likely to be either Michael Pratt or Riley Leonard if either or both decide to transfer.

However, everyone will be after both those guys if they do enter the portal. Tyler Shough could at the very least, be a decent Plan B or C.