Tyler Buchner
Alabama Crimson Tide – No. 8
PositionQuarterback
ClassRedshirt Sophomore
Personal information
Born: (2002-11-07) November 7, 2002 (age 21)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career history
College
Bowl games
High schoolThe Bishop's School
(La Jolla, California)
Career highlights and awards

Tyler Buchner (born November 7, 2002) is an American football quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He previously played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

High school career

Buchner attended The Bishop's School in La Jolla, California, before transferring to Helix High School in La Mesa, California, for his senior year.[2] He did not play football his senior year in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] As a junior in 2019, Buchner passed for 4,474 yards with 53 passing touchdowns and 1,610 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns.[4] He committed to the University of Notre Dame to play college football over offers from Alabama, TCU, Georgia, USC, and Michigan, among others.[5][6][7]

College career

Football

Notre Dame

Buchner spent his first year at Notre Dame in 2021 as a backup to Jack Coan.[8] He appeared in 10 games, completing 21 of 35 passes for 298 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 336 yards and three touchdowns.[9] Buchner competed with Drew Pyne to take over as the team's starting quarterback in 2022.[10][11] He injured his shoulder during Notre Dame's loss to Marshall on September 10, 2022, and missed the remainder of the 2022 regular season.[12] He returned to the field for Notre Dame's victory against South Carolina in the 2022 Gator Bowl.

Alabama

In 2023, he entered the NCAA transfer portal and soon transferred to the University of Alabama.[13] In week three, Buchner started against South Florida but struggled throughout the game and was later benched in favor of Ty Simpson.[14][15] Nick Saban would announce Jalen Milroe as the starter for the rest of the season.[16]

College statistics

Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Record Comp Att Pct Yards Avg TD Int Rate Att Yards Avg TD
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2021 10 0 0–0 21 35 60.0 298 8.5 3 3 142.7 46 336 7.3 3
2022 3 3 1–2 46 83 55.4 651 7.8 3 5 121.2 36 123 3.4 4
Alabama Crimson Tide
2023 2 1 1–0 8 19 42.1 61 3.2 0 0 69.1 3 20 6.7 1
Career 15 4 2–2 75 137 54.7 1,010 7.4 6 8 119.4 85 479 5.6 8

Lacrosse Transfer portal

On December 4, 2023, Buchner entered the transfer portal as a men's lacrosse player. Buchner is expected to finish the football season with Alabama during their college football playoff run before re-enrolling in the University of Notre Dame to join their lacrosse team for the 2024 season. Buchner was a high ranked lacrosse recruit in high school and had verbally committed to the University of Michigan for lacrosse in the 8th grade before eventually committing to Notre Dame for football.[17][18]

References

  1. ^ @PFF_College (December 31, 2022). "The Tyler Buchner experience tonight was WILD" (Tweet). Retrieved December 30, 2022 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Norcross, Don (March 13, 2020). "Bishop's quarterback transferring to Helix". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  3. ^ Maffei, John (September 12, 2020). "Buchner likely won't play a down for Helix". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  4. ^ "Pod of Gold: QB commit Tyler Buchner on preparing to join Notre Dame next season". South Bend Tribune. October 27, 2020. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  5. ^ "Quarterback Tyler Buchner, a 2021 recruit, commits to Notre Dame". Notre Dame Insider. March 8, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  6. ^ Karels, Carter (January 24, 2021). "How incoming Notre Dame freshman Tyler Buchner prepared to be next-level QB Irish covet". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  7. ^ Berardino, Mike (April 30, 2021). "Notre Dame Wants A Closer Look At Freshman Quarterback Tyler Buchner". Forbes. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  8. ^ Berardino, Mike (November 13, 2021). "Notre Dame Quarterback Tyler Buchner And The Freshman Learning Experience". Forbes. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  9. ^ Stires, Sean (August 8, 2022). "Tyler Buchner Learning To Add Leadership To His Playmaking Skills". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  10. ^ Fineran, John (August 9, 2022). "Buchner-Pyne QB battle highlights Irish preseason camp". AP News. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  11. ^ Hough, Austin (August 7, 2022). "ND's Pyne, Buchner battling for starting QB role". Herald Bulletin. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  12. ^ "Notre Dame QB Buchner out for season with shoulder injury". WNDU. September 12, 2022. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  13. ^ Thamel, Pete (April 27, 2023). "Former Irish QB Buchner heading to Alabama". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  14. ^ Parks, James (September 16, 2023). "Alabama QB change: Crimson Tide to start Tyler Buchner in USF game". SI.com. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  15. ^ Heim, Mark (September 16, 2023). "Alabama's Nick Saban explains decision to bench Tyler Buchner for Ty Simpson vs. USF". AL.com. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  16. ^ Scarborough, Alex (September 18, 2023). "Saban gives Tide QB job to Milroe for SEC opener". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  17. ^ Foy, Terry (December 4, 2023). "Breaking: Tyler Buchner Enters the NCAA Transfer Portal for Men's Lacrosse". Inside Lacrosse. Retrieved December 7, 2023.
  18. ^ Baumgartner, Blake (December 5, 2023). "Alabama QB Tyler Buchner enters portal as lacrosse player". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 6, 2023.