The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about all of them. One Foot Down’s player profile series will 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 2018 season.
#12 Ian Book
Next up on the list is junior backup quarterback Ian Book. He has been a prominent topic of conversation among fans this off season, with many of them calling for him to be the starter. He provided relief to Brandon Wimbush last year, capping his season off with a heroic role in the comeback win again LSU in the Citrus Bowl. He had a strong showing in the spring game, and looks to be an extremely reliable and efficient backup/safety valve heading into the 2018 season.
3 Things To Know About Ian Book
- He attended Oaks Ridge high school in El Dorado, Calif., where he started for 3 years, breaking multiple records.
- Book saw action in eight games last year, starting one vs. The University of North Carolina Tar Heels, and taking the bulk of the snaps in the bowl game against the LSU Tigers.
- His name can be made into a wonderful series of puns, led by our very own Pat Rick. You better believe they will be flowing when he gets in this year. Book it. (See what I did there)
YouTube Hot Fire
(Big shocker I picked this video). The one thing to note in this video is that Book made this play happen simply by giving Miles Boykin a chance to make a play. One of the criticisms of Wimbush is that he would overthrow or under-throw receivers, never giving them an opportunity to make plays on 50-50 balls.
Do you know who was the king of giving receivers a chance on those balls?.....Current quarterback coach and former Irish STAR Tom/Tommy Rees. Just saying. **check out the bonus fire below.
Country, Condiment, or Canon
Identifying the player as either a country, condiment, or member of the Star Wars Canon.
Ketchup is never going to be the staple of any meal, it is not fancy, it is nothing crazy....BUT it is absolutely necessary. Everyone has ketchup in their fridge and everyone enjoys ketchup, but you don’t realize how much you need it until you have to eat dry fries or a burger without it. Like ketchup, Ian Book is absolutely going to be necessary this year and will play a prominent role in the offense. Do I think he will take over as a starter and be a game changing dynamic quarterback? No. However, he will fill in valiantly throughout the season due to injuries and some poor situational performances.
There is no doubt that Book will have a role in the offense this year, and he is as good of a backup as any team could hope for. I would absolutely feel comfortable having Book as our quarterback if Wimbush goes down or gets a case of the yips again this year. I do not see him taking over as the full time starter at any point, but he will be a great option throughout the year. Regardless, we will see him fill in and play in blowout games, and I believe he will play very well in those moments.