Irish to start Coan vs. Trojans


Notre Dame’s quarterback carousel continued to spin Monday, when Irish coach Brian Kelly announced that Jack Coan would once again be the starter for Saturday’s rivalry matchup with USC.

Kelly and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees also expect true freshman Tyler Buchner to get some snaps against the Trojans.

“Jack Coan continues to be the guy that we feel like gives us the best chance to win,” Kelly said Monday. “(It will be) a mixture of him with Tyler Buchner, I think both of them. (Backup quarterback) Drew (Pyne) has done some really good things for us. If we feel like we’re in a situation where we need to call on him, we would.”

Kelly’s announcement comes a week after Coan, who has started the first six games of the season for the 13th-ranked Irish (5-1), was benched in the second quarter of Notre Dame’s 32-29 win over Virginia Tech. The Irish trailed 10-0 when Coan exited the game.

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