Ian Book
Notre Dame Fighting IrishNo. 12
Quarterback Senior
Major: Marketing
Date of birth: (1998-03-30) March 30, 1998 (age 22)
Place of birth: El Dorado Hills, California
Career history
High school: Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, CA)
*Notre Dame (2016–present)
Bowl games
*2018 Citrus Bowl
Career highlights and awards
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Ian Book (born March 30, 1998)[1] is an American football quarterback who currently plays for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Book currently has a 9-1 record as an Irish starter, with 8 of those wins coming in the 2018 season as he led the Irish to their first College Football Playoff berth.

High school careerEdit

Book played high school football at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, California. He originally committed to Washington State but flipped his commitment to Notre Dame.[2]

College careerEdit

Freshman season (2016)Edit

Book took a redshirt his freshman year in order to preserve a year of eligibility. He was technically the fourth-string quarterback for the Irish in 2016 season, behind starters Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer in addition to primary backup Brandon Wimbush.

Sophomore season (2017)Edit

Book sat behind Wimbush throughout the 2017 season, but he started for an injured Wimbush against North Carolina, propelling the Irish to a 33-10 victory over the Tar Heels in his first collegiate start on October 7, 2017. During the 2018 Citrus Bowl, Book came off the bench and led the Irish to a 21–17 victory over LSU.

Junior season (2018)Edit

While Wimbush was named the starter going into the season, Irish head coach Brian Kelly never ruled out using Book in certain situations from the get-go, calling Wimbush "1A" and Book "1B." After a pair of slim home victories over unranked opponents Ball State and Vanderbilt in 2018 (in which the Irish failed to score more than 24 points in either game), Book was chosen as the starter over Wimbush for a road game against Wake Forest. This was a gutsy move by Kelly, especially given the fact that Wimbush had a 12-3 record as Notre Dame's starter, but Kelly decided that he valued Book's strength as a passer over Wimbush's strength as a runner. The result was a 56–27 Notre Dame victory, with Book throwing for 325 yards and two touchdowns, and running for three more.[3] Against #7 Stanford the next week, Book threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-17 rout of the Cardinal.[4] The Irish continued to move up the rankings under Book, and in week 10, Book threw for two touchdown passes and ran 23 yards for a score in the closing minutes to lead No. 3 Notre Dame to a close 31-21 victory over Northwestern.[5] Book helped the Irish to finish the regular season 12-0 and earn its first College Football Playoff berth, although the Irish were easily defeated by the eventual national champion Clemson in the 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic, 30-3.

Senior season (2019)Edit

The 2019 season will be the first that Notre Dame goes into knowing that Ian Book is the undeniable starter barring injury. In February before spring practices began, Kelly named Book one of the eight SWAT team leaders for the 2019 Irish team, and he has embraced his role of being the starting quarterback and a leader of this team.


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