Just hours after announcing his intention to enter the transfer portal, former Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner is already expected to visit an SEC powerhouse.
It was first reported by FootballScoop.com that Buchner is expected to visit Alabama as soon as Tuesday night.
Buchner being linked to the Crimson Tide doesn’t surprise as Alabama offensive coordinator Tommy Rees coached Buchner in the same role at Notre Dame for two seasons. The familiarity between the two could give him a leg up into the starting quarterback competition between Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson.
Neither Milroe nor Simpson appeared to separate themselves during A-Day last Saturday as the two combined for a total of three interceptions while completing less than 50% of their passes. There had already been previous speculation, namely from ESPN radio host Paul Finebaum, that Saban may look into the transfer portal for a quarterback this season as he may not be content with the room as of today.
Buchner appeared in 13 games in his tenure with the Fighting Irish where he threw for a total of 949 yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions. Prior to entering the portal, Buchner was involved in a quarterback battle of his own at Notre Dame with Wake Forest transfer Sam Hartman.
“I love Notre Dame,” Buchner said in a post to social media. “The people and especially my teammates, are what makes this place special to me. I have decided to enter the transfer portal in order to explore my options, and decide what is best for my future. After discussions with coach Freeman, remaining at Notre Dame is thankfully an option I’m going to consider. I am truly thankful to everyone for their support during this process.”
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77