Tale of the Tape: Starting Quarterbacks – Jack Coan vs. Jack Plummer

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Fans tuning into Saturday’s game between Notre Dame and Purdue will have a pair of Jacks as their opening hand at quarterback. Despite some calls for Tyler Buchner to start for the Irish, Brian Kelly is sticking with Jack Coan for now. So far, Coan has done nothing to dispel the notion that he’s all aerial and nonexistent on the ground. The good news is he has the arm to counter an opponent who is just as productive at passing, and he’ll need that in this game.

The Boilermakers’ Jack Plummer is a clone of Coan in that he also is a great passer but not known for running. If he has advantages anywhere thus far, they come from a slightly higher pass completion and no interceptions thrown yet. Given everything, however, this might as even a quarterback matchup that the Irish will face all year. To pull off the win, they might have to look in other directions.