|Notre Dame Fighting Irish — No. 12|
|Date of birth:March 30, 1998|
|Place of birth: El Dorado Hills, California|
|High school: Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, CA)|
*Notre Dame (2016–present)
|*2018 Citrus Bowl|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ian Book (born March 30, 1998) 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
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. Against #7 Stanford the next week, Book threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-17 rout of the Cardinal. 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. 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.
- ↑ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg9Eb8Ynmz9/
- ↑ "Ian Book Timeline Events" (in en-US). https://247sports.com/Player/Ian-Book-75240/TimelineEvents/.
- ↑ "No. 8 Notre Dame swaps quarterbacks, beats Wake Forest 56–27" (in en). https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/no-8-notre-dame-throws-the-book-at-wake-forest-wins-56-27/2018/09/22/302b8b20-bea0-11e8-8243-f3ae9c99658a_story.html.
- ↑ "Ian Book makes all the difference for Notre Dame's renewed College Football Playoff hopes" (in en). CBSSports.com. https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/ian-book-makes-all-the-difference-for-notre-dames-renewed-college-football-playoff-hopes/.
- ↑ "Notre Dame vs. Northwestern - Box Score - November 3, 2018 - ESPN" (in en). http://www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=401013345.