Ex-Notre Dame football quarterback lands at third school

Drew Pyne has had a bit of a wild ride since first joining the Notre Dame football team, but it's possible his journey has found a real home this time.

 Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Drew Pyne (10)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Drew Pyne (10) / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

As the Notre Dame football team prepares for a second straight season of a transfer quarterback getting the starting nod, it’s worth remembering that there is no shortage of former Fighting Irish quarterbacks who used the transfer portal to go elsewhere.

Drew Pyne is right at the top of the list of former Notre Dame football signal-callers that were highly touted when they arrived in South Bend, but didn’t work out as a Golden Domer. It doesn’t appear he worked out as an Arizona State Sun Devi, either.

Earlier this month, Pyne announced he’d left ASU and has found a new home. This spring and fall, he’ll be competing for the starting quarterback gig at Missouri. Should he win it, he’ll certainly have an opportunity to put up big numbers for the rising SEC squad.

Ex-Notre Dame football player gets his third home

Drew Pyne was the Fighting Irish's primary starter in 2022 and finished with 2,021 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Despite those numbers, he saw the writing on the wall and knew head coach Marcus Freeman was bringing in someone to take his job.

That someone turned out to be Sam Hartman about a month later.

For Arizona State, Pyne played in just two games, serving most of the season as a backup. He threw for 273 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. He was also sacked a whopping 11 times in just 60 drop backs.

Earlier this winter, Pyne briefly returned to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish program, though announced he wouldn’t play football. Apparently, Missouri offered a new wrinkle that the former Irish quarterback simply couldn’t turn down.

Thanks to a regular freshman season and the 2020 COVID season, the ex-Notre Dame football star still has three years of eligibility. Last year’s starter for the Tigers, Brady Cook returns in 2024 so Pyne is going to have to show some patience if he wants to compete for a starting spot.