Drew Pyne announced on Twitter today that he was entering the transfer portal. “I have been blessed to be among great coaches and teachers and play with teammates I consider brothers. Our bonds will be lifelong. Now it is time for me to take on a new challenge, and I will be entering the transfer portal.”
The unexpected move leaves the Irish with a thin QB room for the upcoming Bowl game. Tyler Buchner, who started the first two games of the 2022 season before going out with a season ending injury has reportedly progressed sufficiently to be able to return to at least some action for the Bowl. Freshman Steve Angeli played well in the Spring but has yet to throw a live pass during his limited game appearances. Sophomore Ron Powlus has yet to see any action.
It would seem to be Buchner’s job, or perhaps a combination of Buchner and Angeli for the upcoming Bowl.
ND has secured a commitment for 2023 from 4-star recruit Kenny Minchey. Minchey is planning on enrolling for the Spring semester. Additionally ND is said to be definitely in the market for a transfer QB. It could be surmised that Pyne’s transfer makes ND very attractive in a hot QB transfer market. ND’s pursuit of MInchey and the plans to secure a QB transfer it would seem was going to make for a crowded QB room in the Spring, at least too crowded for Pyne.
8-2 as a starter, Pyne finishes 2022 having thrown 22 touchdowns against six interceptions. He completed 64% of his passes good for 2,021 yards.