InsideNDSports – Herbstreit battles ND QB Tyler Buchner and his future after the OSU clash

for Kirk HerbstreetIt looks like unwrapping Tyler Buchner Saturday night in the national spotlight were the first hints of what he might turn out to be, rather than a chance for the Notre Dame quarterback to define himself clearly over the long term.

Even if he made enough magic in his first group start for the fifth-ranked Irishman to extend the longest active road winning streak in the country to 11 games for 17 favorites, No. 2 Ohio State, in the season opener for both teams.

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Now that I call these NFL games, I think the repetition in this situation — whether it’s high school football, college football, whatever — it’s all about slowing the game down,” said Herbstreet, the former Ohio State quarterback. For the midfield players. He will take on the role of analyst for ABC’s telecast on Saturday night (7:30 EST) from the sure-to-crazy Ohio Stadium.

“The only way to do that is when you go out and play. And you’re going through some really tough times and getting through it. And you come back to the next game, and you keep piling that foundation of work.”

“So, he is a talented player. But he will be a completely different player by the middle of this season or the end of this season because of what I would describe exactly.”

Buchner played 163 group shots as a freshman in a specialized role to supplement/complete the departing freshmen Jack Kwan Last season. It’s an impressive feat considering that the limitations of the California COVID-19 pandemic (2020) and a shattered ACL in the 2018 season’s first offensive series have limited the San Diego producer to one minor season as a rookie (2019).

He was skilled enough in his role on the 2021 tag team with an average carry-over of 7.3 yards, nearly a yard and a half better than QB’s. Tony Rice Average during the last National Championship season for Notre Dame (1988). The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Buchner ended up becoming the second leading Notre Dame in 2021 behind just 1,000 yards. Keren WilliamsNow, one of the rookies in the Los Angeles Rams is running backwards.

As a bystander, Buchner made an efficiency rating of 142.7, nearly 50 points better than the 2006 Heisman Cup Final. Brady Queen He is due as a freshman in 2003. But with a total of 35 assists attempts per season, Buchner threw 24 fewer passes cumulatively in 10 games compared to Cowen who set records on his debut against Bordeaux alone in 2003.

“I’m excited to see Buchner,” Herbstreit, who is also part of the ESPN College GameDay staff in Columbus, said Tuesday via a Zoom conference call. “Now he’s won the job and that’s a crime. This is an opportunity for (attack coordinator) Tommy Race To show fans of America and Notre Dame, it’s not just that, this is our system. this is us.’

“Great offensive coordinators, like Tommy, adjust their scheme according to their people and their strengths. And so, you go from having a more traditional guy (Coan) to a guy who can really press down on defense with his legs and arms, and I think you’ll see a completely different approach.”

Ohio State’s defense numbers are very different, at least in approach, from those that ranked 59th nationally in overall defense in 2021 and 96 of 130 FBS teams in third-place defense.

These numbers lowered Buckeye’s defense coordinator of the season Keri Combs And purge him after the season ends. has been replaced by Jim Knowles, Who headed the nation’s No. 5 team in the overall defense of Oklahoma.

But Knowles did not coach the Cowboys in their 37-35 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame on January 1.

“It’s a defense built on keeping you guessing,” Herbstreet said. “And you won’t be able to shut up and get an idea of ​​what they’re in. They’re going to be disguised (fronts and pressures). Especially in third place, they’ll get after the quarterback.

“This is his calling card. That’s what he’s known for doing. Now he has some serious players at his disposal to be able to fend for himself. So, I’m excited to see where they’ve been in the last couple of years and where they are this year.”

Kirk Herbstreet, right, will be doing double duty on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio — as part of ESPN’s College GameDay in the morning and call-up for ABC on Saturday night. (Joshua Bickle, USA TODAY Sports Network)

Buchner did not play the Oklahoma State game, one of three games last season in which the entire team was eliminated on the sidelines.

“Tommy Reese… will try to put the young midfielder in a position where he doesn’t have to deal with a lot of those who play third, eighth, third and ten,” Herbstreet said. “And they need to stick to the schedule and avoid obvious passing situations or else it could be a tough day for their offensive line and Tyler Buchner.

“So the most important thing I would say is important for them is to play early and stick to the schedule to try and catch the Ohio State defense. Throw (the ball) on your terms as an offense, rather than waiting until they know what’s going to happen.”

Buchner, meeting with the media after training Tuesday night, expressed confidence in the ability to navigate the Knowles scheme, the expected unfriendly atmosphere and the big stage. He said Reese’s training for him has been harder since Buckner’s QB1 selection two and a half weeks ago has only raised the level of confidence.

“I think it’s probably about size,” Buchner said when asked if Reese’s vocabulary has changed and become more acute.

“I would say he expects more – like, not in a bad way, but he really pushes me every day. Like if I miss a throw in the poll, like today, he’s really into me. It’s like constant training and stuff to prepare me, because he wants me to be a better player. I can be him to help this team.”

And what will that look like in the end?

“I haven’t seen him enough to be able to give you a really solid answer as to who he is and who he could be,” Herbstreet said. “I love quarterbacks who move around, personally. I love a guy who can sit in the pocket and do every throw. But when things aren’t around, I like a guy who can use his feet.

“I like a guy who can run into a small area to read and maintain an honest defense that way. So, he has a lot of skills that I would love to see in person. I think he can be very effective in a college game, but I need to see more of him before I can.” Than to tell you what his roof might be.”

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