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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will, once again, take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2021 season.

#12 Tyler Buchner, QB

After being a first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Tyler Herro immediately made his presence felt in one of the largest markets the NBA has to offer. Herro quickly became a fan-favorite. Texas S Tyler Owens teases apparent move to LB New, 35 comments The Longhorns need depth at linebacker and the former track star has been a spin-down candidate since he arrived in Austin nearly.

Tyler Buchner committed to the Irish on March 8th, 2019 as a member of the 2021 recruiting class. Buchner chose the Irish over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, and USC, among others. At the time of his commitment, Buchner held the coveted 5-star rating.

However, Buchner suffered a substantial drop in his recruiting rankings after a subpar showing at the Elite 11 Camp in the summer of 2020. Most concerning during the performance was his erratic accuracy, leading many to question his throwing mechanics. Following the performance, Buchner fell to a 4-star rating on the 247Sports Composite Ranking. Buchner’s high school career was full of twists and turns, which complicated recruiting analysts’ ability to properly evaluate him. Buchner’s sophomore season ended after four plays due to a torn ACL in his left knee. After a magical junior season that saw him record 81 total touchdowns, 6,084 total yards of offense, and averaged 468 passing yards per game, Buchner transferred from The Bishop’s School to Helix Charter High School in search of tougher competition. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the fall football season was cancelled in California, and Buchner never took a snap at his new school.

Buchner finished as the 70th ranked recruit nationally, 3rd ranked dual-threat quarterback nationally, and the 5th ranked player in the state of California per 247Sports Composite rankings. Buchner currently stands 6’2’’ and weighs 205 lbs. His hometown is La Jolla, California.

The Restaurant That Fits

Culver’s

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Ask any Midwesterner about one of their favorite fast food chains, and inevitably people will say Culver’s. Is it a bit overhyped…potentially. However, the fact remains their butterburgers, cheese curds, and custard are some of the best in the country.

Similarly, Buchner possesses undeniable talent. However, it is way too early to make any sort of judgment on Buchner and what he will achieve while at Notre Dame.

2021 Outlook

If this was up to the fan base, Buchner would already be named the starter for the 2021 season. Alas, the far more likely scenario is that Jack Coan or Drew Pyne grabs the starting position. While Buchner’s talent is undeniable, we all must keep in mind that Buchner hasn’t played in an actual game in over a full year. Depending on how the season progresses and the performance of the veterans, there is still an outside shot Buchner could ascend to the top of the depth chart at some point during the season.

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— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) March 27, 2021
Armstrong in 2008
Born1964 (age 56–57)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesThe Blogfather
Alma mater
  • Portland State University(MA)
  • George Mason University(PhD)
OccupationPolitical strategist
Known for
Notable work
Crashing the Gate

Jerome Armstrong (born 1964) is an Americanpolitical strategist. In 2001, he founded MyDD, a blog which covered politics, making him one of the first political bloggers. Armstrong coined the term netroots, and was referred to as 'The Blogfather' for having mentored many other famous bloggers such as Markos Moulitsas in their early years.[1][2][3] He is credited as one of the architects of Howard Dean's 2004 grassroots presidential campaign, and bringing those tactics to campaigns globally.[4][5] In 2005, Armstrong co-founded Vox Media with Markos Moulitsas and Tyler Bleszinski.[6]

Background[edit]

Armstrong was an environmental activist in the late 1980s, working with Greenpeace and Earth First! to curtail the logging of old growth forests in Oregon and end nuclear weapons testing in Nevada.[7] During the 1990s, he served with the US Peace Corps in Costa Rica and worked with UNICEF in Sierra Leone, spent a year and a half at a Buddhist monastery, served in Americorps under the 'I Have A Dream' program, and did community organizing in Portland, Oregon.[2][7][8] Armstrong has graduate degrees in Conflict Resolution and Applied Linguistics.[7][9]

Online advocacy[edit]

In 2001, he founded MyDD, a blog which covered American politics, in which Armstrong's work was described by Salon as being 'fiercely partisan but not radically left-wing.'[2][10] In 2004, Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas founded BlogPAC, a political action committee focused on progressive bloggers and politics online.[11]

In late 2005, Campaigns and Elections credited MyDD with being 'the first major liberal blog'.[12] In January 2006, the name was changed to 'My Direct Democracy' as part of a site redesign, with a new tagline, 'Direct Democracy for People-Powered Politics'.

MyDD has been largely dormant since 2010. Armstrong explained that he 'had to get out to save from becoming hardened, cynical, and without peace', citing the negativity in American politics.[13]

Political consultancy[edit]

In January 2003, Markos Moulitsas joined Armstrong in a political consulting partnership called Armstrong Zuniga, before being formally dissolved in December 2004. Howard Dean hired them for a time as technical consultants in 2003. Armstrong introduced the campaign to Meetup.com and directing on online advertising and blogger outreach.[14] He worked with US Senate candidate Sherrod Brown's 2006 Senate campaign in Ohio.[15] He also signed on with Mark Warner's Forward Together PAC to develop their internet strategy, before Warner decided to not run for president in 2008.[16]

In 2007, Armstrong was awarded the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award for Political Organizing by 21st Century Democrats,[17] 'for his visionary leadership in working to create the online netroots community'. In 2008, London mayoral candidate Brian Paddick, a UK Liberal Democrat, brought aboard Armstrong[5] 'to help boost his campaign's online presence'. By 2012, Armstrong had worked with over 40 campaigns through the political consultancy WebStrong Group for the US Democratic Party and campaigns abroad.[18]

For the 2012 US presidential election, Armstrong went to work with the Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, and as a senior advisor with the Campaign for Primary Accountability, a Super PAC which supports challengers against US Congressional incumbents in the Republican and Democratic parties.[19][20]

Books[edit]

In 2006, Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos co-authored the book Crashing the Gate: Grassroots, Netroots, and the Rise of People Powered Politics. The book takes a critical look at the state of the US Democratic Party, detailing the rise of a new movement that is reforming and taking over the party. An Australian edition was released in July 2006.[21]

Business[edit]

Armstrong, along with Markos Moulitsas and Tyler Bleszinski, founded the Washington, DC-based Vox Media, a network of blogs and online verticals, with funding led by Accel Partners.[6][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^Tom Curry (2006-03-02). 'Blog pioneer maps political strategy for 2008'. NBC News.
  2. ^ abc'The Blogfather'. Salon. 31 May 2006. Archived from the original on 2 July 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-03.
  3. ^'The Blogfather'. AlterNet. 15 June 2005. Retrieved 2006-07-03.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^Andrew Orlowski (2004-01-30). 'Howard Dean's Net architect blasts 'emergent' punditocracy'. The Register.
  5. ^ ab'Paddick Signs Up Top US 'Blogfather''. Mayor Watch. 2008-03-28.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ ab'SB Nation: Startup Sports Blog Network Backed By Tech, Media Luminaries'. HuffingtonPost.com. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-07.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ abc'Meet our 2014 PhD Students'. The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. 2014. Archived from the original on 13 April 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^'Key People-Former Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA)'. George Washington University. 14 October 2006.
  9. ^William Safire (19 November 2006). 'Netroots'. New York Times.
  10. ^'Web Archive of MyDD from May 2001'. Archived from the original on 2002-06-19. Retrieved 2006-07-03.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^'The Blogfather', Alternet, June 15, 2005
  12. ^David Weigel (November 2005). 'Blogging down the money trail'. Campaigns and Elections. Archived from the original on 2008-09-20. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  13. ^Israel, Josh (July 2015). 'What Happened to the Progressive Netroots?'. Think Progress. Retrieved 2016-06-06.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^'Key People-Former Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA)'. George Washington University. 14 October 2006.
  15. ^Glover, K. Daniel; Essl, Mike (3 December 2006). 'New on the Web: Politics as Usual'. New York Times.
  16. ^Shear, Michael D. (29 August 2005). 'Warner Won't Seek Allen's Senate Seat'. Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-06.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^'Honoring our Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award for Political Organizing Recipient: Jerome Armstrong'. 21st Century Democrats. 1 May 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
  18. ^'The Arena'. Politico. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-25.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^Freelander, David (24 October 2012). 'Netroots Bloggers Mark 10th Birthday in Decline and Struggling for Survival'. The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2012-10-24.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^Kane, Paul (18 June 2012). 'Super PAC targets incumbents of any stripe'. Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-12-24.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^'Crashing the Gate going to Australia'. PlutoAustralia.com. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-11.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^'Blog network SportsBlog Nation scores funding'. CNET.com. 29 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-07.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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External links[edit]

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  • MyDD at the Wayback Machine (archived 2004-01-12)
  • 'Blog pioneer maps political strategy for 2008'—MSNBC, March 2, 2006
  • 'Meet the Blogger: Jerome Armstrong'—Huffington Post, June 7, 2006
  • 'Replacing the Battleground Mentality with the Mapchanger Attitude in the Democratic Party'—article by Jerome Armstrong in The Democratic Strategist, July 2006
  • 'A victory for people-powered politics'—article by Jerome Armstrong in The Christian Science Monitor, November 2006
  • 'Interview with Jerome Armstrong: MyDD Founder, Former Dean Advisor'—interview in Mother Jones, June 2007

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