May 1, 2021; Notre Dame, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Jack Coan (17) takes the snap in the first half of the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame names Jack Coan starting QB

Jack Coan will start at quarterback for Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish open the 2021 season Sept. 5 at Florida State.

A transfer from Wisconsin, Coan beat out redshirt freshman Drew Pyne and freshman Tyler Buchner in the bid to replace graduated starter Ian Book.

“All three quarterbacks distinguished themselves in the spring and preseason camp,” coach Brian Kelly tweeted Saturday. “Clearly, each has the skills necessary to lead, but Jack proved to be more consistent and therefore, going into our opener, gives us the best chance for success.”

A 6-foot-3 senior, Coan started 18 of the 25 games he appeared in with the Badgers. He broke his foot in the 2020 preseason camp and missed the season, and the Badgers transitioned to Graham Mertz as their starter.

At Wisconsin, Coan completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,278 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He had a 12-6 record as a starter, 8-3 in the Big Ten.

At Notre Dame, Coan has big shoes to fill.

Book, a fourth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 2021 draft, was 30-5 as Notre Dame’s starter — the most wins ever by a Fighting Irish quarterback. In 2019, he became the first quarterback in Notre Dame history with at least 2,500 passing yards, 500 rushing yards and 30 touchdown passes in a season.

The irish made the College Football Playoff last season and lost 31-14 to Alabama in one national semifinal. They finished with a 10-2 record and the No. 5 ranking in the final Associated Press poll

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Jan 1, 2020; Pasadena, California, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Jack Coan (17) leaves the field after the 106th Rose Bowl game at Rose Bowl Stadium. The Oregon Ducks defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

QB Jack Coan announces transfer to Notre Dame

Former Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan announced Monday night that he’s transferring to Notre Dame for the 2021 season.

Coan entered the transfer portal on Dec. 20.

“Extremely thankful for the opportunity,” Coan posted to Twitter.

“Thank you Wisconsin for the greatest four years of my life,” Coan said in a statement released by the Badgers.

Coan joins a crowded quarterback room in South Bend, Ind., to compete for the right to replace outgoing senior Ian Book. Coan will battle it out with junior Brendon Clark, sophomore Drew Pyne and freshman Tyler Buchner.

Coan was the Badgers’ starting quarterback until he injured his right foot in a preseason practice and subsequently underwent surgery. He returned to the club late in the season but didn’t receive any playing time with redshirt freshman Graham Mertz entrenched as the starter.

Coan guided Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl during a 2019 season in which he passed for 2,727 yards (third most in school history) to go with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. The Badgers lost 28-27 to Oregon in Pasadena to finish 10-4.

Overall, Coan started 18 of 25 games played for Wisconsin and ranks 13th in school history with 3,278 passing yards. He had a 12-6 record as a starter, including 8-3 in Big Ten games.

Coan’s preseason injury opened the door for Mertz, who has passed for 1,108 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions in six games.-

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Dec 7, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Jack Coan (17) looks to pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half in the 2019 Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Wisconsin QB Coan (foot) out indefinitely

Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan needs foot surgery and will be out for several weeks, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday.

The No. 16 Badgers are scheduled to open the coronavirus-delayed Big Ten season at home on Oct. 24 against Illinois.

Coan sustained the injury in practice on Saturday, per the report.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior has started 18 games and played in 25, completing 68.0 percent of his passes for 3,278 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has rushed for five scores.

Last season, Coan completed 236 of 339 passes for 2,727 yards with 18 touchdowns and five picks while leading the Badgers to a 10-4 record, including a 28-27 loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

Redshirt freshman Graham Mertz and redshirt sophomore Chase Wolf are potential replacements for the opener against the Illini.

Mertz was a four-star prospect in the Class of 2019, ranked as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the nation by 247 Sports. He played in two games last season and completed 9 of 10 passes for 73 yards.

–Field Level Media