Tonight, former Wisconsin QB, Jack Coan, announced on Twitter that he will be transferring to Notre Dame.
— Jack Coan (@jcoan17) January 5, 2021
Coan, a senior, did not play in the shortened Big-10 season but ultimately decided his time at Wisconsin was over. In 2019, Coan’s last full season, he lead Wisconsin to a 10-4 record and ranked 11 in the final AP Polls. He also posted 18 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and a 69% completion rate.
Coan’s announcement is great to hear for the Irish. We are all anticipating for Ian Book to declare for the NFL and forgo his last year (due to COVID he got an extra year). I think that’s what Book is going to do and he should. As much as I love Book and thought he was great at the position it is time to move on. But Coan might not be the answer. What Coan brings is a proven solid veteran who can come in and give Tyler Buchner some competition for the starting job. Buchner is currently ranked 88 nationally by 24/7 Sports is highly expected to make an impact next year.
But for ND fans, who do you want to replace Book? Like I said, as much as I loved Book he couldn’t win us a National Championship. Not his fault by any means but he wasn’t Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence, or even Mac Jones. Book is great but having a QB who can’t really throw the ball consistently isn’t going to lead a team to the promised land. But can Coan?
Assuming he is going to be your starter, Coan is coming off a full year of not playing and his 2019 season wasn’t as good as any season Book has had in his past three. So you’re essentially downgrading. Which is fine because Book was pretty outstanding, and living up to that is going to be hard. Still, Coan’s numbers don’t reflect “National Championship” level. But how will Tyler Buchner come into training camp? Obviously that is the key to for who the Irish role out week 1.
I truly can’t see it being Drew Pyne. The job is Buchner or Coan’s to lose but I don’t think either can bring you a championship or even lead you to the playoffs. We might be in the era of a rebuild and that might be tough for us Irish fans.