It’s official. Sayville alumnus Jack Coan is the starting quarterback for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly announced today that the 2016 Hansen Award winner will be the signal caller when the No. 9 Irish play Florida State on Sept. 5 in Tallahassee.
“All three quarterbacks distinguished themselves in the spring and preseason camp. Clearly, each has the skills necessary to lead, but Jack Coan proved to be more consistent and therefore, going into our opener, gives us the best chance for success,” Kelly said.
Coan is playing his final year of eligibility at Notre Dame as a graduate student after transferring from Wisconsin. He led the Badgers to a 10-4 record in 2019 and an appearance in the Rose Bowl. He also started games for Wisconsin during the 2018 season.
The legendary Sayville quarterback was slated to start in 2020 for Wisconsin before he was sidelined by a foot injury. He announced in January that he would finish his college football career at Notre Dame.
“I wanted to come in and help the team as much as possible … (Starting) was definitely one of my goals,” Coan told reporters after practice today. “I try to work as hard I can every singe day, and try to make good decisions on the field.”
Coan’s highlights from spring football
Early on in his high school career, Coan made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Notre Dame — before the football scholarship offers began pouring in.
Notre Dame is ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press’ pre-season poll. Last year, the Irish lost to Alabama 31-14 in the Rose Bowl, a semi-final in the national championship playoffs.
Coan reacts to being named Notre Dame’s starting QB
Coan spoke to reporters following the Irish’s practice on Saturday.
In the video below, Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees discusses Coan on Saturday.
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