Riley Leonard is a 'program-changing leader' claims QB coach

Riley Leonard's quarterback coach believes Notre Dame football doesn't realize just how good the signal-caller can really be.
Duke Blue Devils quarterback Riley Leonard (13) runs the ball
Duke Blue Devils quarterback Riley Leonard (13) runs the ball / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

While Riley Leonard is one of the best transfer quarterbacks in this year’s class, there have been some Notre Dame faithful who don’t seem to realize just how good he is. There were some who were hoping that the former Duke signal-caller would come here.

Those who thought the Irish could do better, those who were hoping that they’d go after someone else, are mistaken, according to one man who knows Leonard better than most others.

David Morris, Founder of QB Country, an elite quarterback training academy is one who absolutely believes that the Notre Dame football team has got itself a true stud. He recently told Irish Breakdown just how good he thinks the quarterback is and how good he thinks the former Duke product will be in South Bend.

“An incredible kid with high character, incredible work ethic, knows what it means to earn it, and it doesn't believe in being handed or given anything,” he told the publication. “He can throw it with anybody in the country, and he can make incredible plays when everything breaks down or in the QB run game if he needs to.”

Notre Dame football has program changing leader in Riley Leonard

It would appear in part that Irish fans who are underestimating Leonard are looking only at the statistics he put up in an extremely shortened season due to injury. They may also be looking at the struggles he suffered in direct conflict with Notre Dame. 

Of course, at this point, we understand that the Fighting Irish had one fo the best defenses in the entire country. There were very few quarterbacks who had much success at all against Al Golden’s squad.

In 2022, Leonard completed nearly 64 percent of his passes for 2,967 yards, 20 touchdowns and had just 6 interceptions. He also ran for nearly 700 yards and 13 touchdowns. 

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In 2024, he’ll have an offensive coordinator who last tutored a Heisman-winning quarterback. The Riley Leonard Notre Dame football fans will see next fall, is almost assuredly going to be better than 2023’s version.