Today is a date a lot of Sayville football fans have had circled on their calendars ever since quarterback Jack Coan in January announced he was transferring from Wisconsin to Notre Dame.
At noon, the Sayville great and the Fighting Irish, ranked No. 12 in the country, will square off against No. 18 Wisconsin at Soldier Field in Chicago. Coan, who started 18 games over three seasons with the Badgers and led them to a Rose Bowl appearance two years ago, is off to a 3-0 start in his first and only season as Notre Dame’s signal caller.
The game will air locally on Fox 5, which has labelled it the “Jack Coan revenge game.” Coan was set to start for Wisconsin in 2020, but he injured his foot during pre-season. In the mean time, Wisconsin turned over the reins to sophomore Graham Mertz, who will start for the Badgers today.
Coan has passed for 828 yards and eight touchdowns this fall with Notre Dame. Depending on what direction the rest of the Irish season takes, his game-winning touchdown toss in the waning seconds at home against Toledo on Sept. 11 could give him legendary status in South Bend, Indiana.
The clutch 18-yard touchdown pass came just seconds after a Notre Dame athletic trainer pulled Coan’s crooked-looking dislocated finger back into place. The whole scenario was caught on video, and later celebrated across social media.
Moments like these have clearly earned Coan the admiration and respect of his teammates.
“He’s gritty,” Notre Dame right tackle Josh Lugg said after a practice this week, Blue and Gold reported. “He’s like a Navy SEAL. I hate to make football comparisons to war or those who have served because those are the true warriors. But if you want to talk somebody who can lock it in and go to the next snap and not have any kind of doubt, that’s Jack Coan.”
Check out Coan’s two touchdown passes during Notre Dame’s 27-13 win over Purdue last Saturday, Sept. 18.