Notre Dame’s Tyler Buchner announced Tuesday that he intends to put his name into the transfer portal. Buchner, who has been competing for the starting job with Wake Forest transfer Sam Hartman throughout spring practice, said he intends to explore his options but remaining at Notre Dame is on the table.

Buchner said he discussed his next moves with Irish head coach Marcus Freeman and Freeman left the door open for Buchner to remain in South Bend.

“I have decided to enter the transfer portal in order to explore my options and decide what is best for my future,” Buchner said. “After discussions with coach Freeman, remaining at Notre Dame is thankfully an option I’m continuing to consider.”

Buchner opened the 2022 season as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback, but he went down with an injury in Week 2. Buchner was able to return from his injury for the Irish’s 45-38 win over South Carolina in the Gator Bowl. Buchner threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns and added 61 yards and two scores on the ground in the win. But he also threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

After the season, Notre Dame added Hartman for his final season of college football. Hartman, who threw for 12,967 yards and 110 touchdowns at Wake Forest, participated in spring practice and impressed in Saturday’s spring game.

Freeman hasn’t named a starter, but Hartman is the clear favorite to win the job entering the 2023 season. Buchner’s decision to explore transfer opportunities is more evidence of that.

Buchner is entering his third season of college football but has three seasons of eligibility remaining.