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Notre Dame Quarterback Drew Pyne to Enter Transfer Portal

Drew Pyne, Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football

Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne has announced that he will enter the transfer portal.

The quarterback who helped lead Notre Dame back into the top 25 after a disastrous start to this season will play for another school next season.

Pete Thamel of ESPN reported Friday that Drew Pyne plans to enter the transfer portal. 

Pyne, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, confirmed the news on his Twitter account. He can officially enter his name into the portal and receive contact from other schools starting Monday.

"One of my proudest honors is to have been a student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame," Pyne wrote. "I have been blessed to be among great coaches and teachers and play with teammates I consider brothers. Our bonds will be lifelong. Now, it's time for me to take on a new challenge, and I will be entering the transfer portal. While I'm excited about what lies ahead, I want to thank the entire Notre Dame community for their support. I am forever grateful for the experience and memories."

Pyne took over for injured starter Tyler Buchner late during Notre Dame's loss to Marshall in Week Two. Pyne proceeded to lead the Fighting Irish to an 8-2 record as a starter, including wins over four top 25 opponents.

Pyne completed 64.6 percent of his passes and threw 22 touchdowns compared to six interceptions. He finished the season ranked 20th nationally in quarterback rating. In his final game in a Notre Dame uniform, Pyne went 23-26 for 318 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to USC.

Pyne, a former four-star recruit, chose Notre Dame over offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU and several other perennial powers. He should have plenty of suitors from the transfer portal.

With the departure of Pyne, Notre Dame is left with three scholarship quarterbacks on its roster: Buchner, redshirt freshman Ron Powlus III and freshman Steve Angeli. The Irish also have a commitment from three-star signal-caller Kenny Minchey. 

It wouldn't come as a surprise if head coach Marcus Freeman shops the portal for another quarterback, as well.

Pyne is one of several noteworthy quarterbacks who have announced their intention to enter the transfer portal since the end of the college football regular season last week. Expect quite a few more to follow when the transfer window opens Monday.