Ian Book

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Ian Book
No. 16 – New Orleans Saints
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1998-03-30) March 30, 1998 (age 23)
El Dorado Hills, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills)
College:Notre Dame (2016–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 4 / Pick: 133
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-ACC (2020)
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
TDINT:0–2
Passing yards:135
Completion percentage:60.0
Passer rating:40.6
Player stats at NFL.com

Ian Book (born March 30, 1998) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame and was drafted by the Saints in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit]

Book was born on March 30, 1998, in El Dorado Hills, California,[1] and played high school football at Oak Ridge High School. He originally committed to Washington State but flipped his commitment to Notre Dame.[2]

College career[edit]

2016 season[edit]

Book took a redshirt his freshman year in order to preserve a year of eligibility. He sat behind starters Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer in addition to primary backup Brandon Wimbush.

2017 season[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.[3] During the 2018 Citrus Bowl, Book came off the bench and led the Irish to a 21–17 victory over LSU.[4]

2018 season[edit]

After a pair of slim home victories over unranked opponents Ball State and Vanderbilt in 2018, Book was chosen as the starter over Wimbush for a road game against Wake Forest. The result was a 56–27 Notre Dame victory, with Book throwing for 325 yards and two touchdowns, and running for three more.[5] Against #7 Stanford the next week, Book threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns in a 38–17 rout of the Cardinal.[6] 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.[7] Book helped the Irish to finish the regular season 12–0 and earn its first College Football Playoff berth, although the Irish were defeated by the eventual national champion Clemson in the 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic, 30–3.

2019 season[edit]

On September 14, 2019, Book threw for 360 yards and five touchdowns.[8] He also had one rushing touchdown in a 66–14 win over New Mexico. He contributed to the most points scored in a home opener at Notre Dame since 1932.

On October 5, 2019, Book threw five touchdowns in the first half against Bowling Green State University,[9] becoming the first player in Notre Dame history to have five scores in one half. On November 9, 2019, Book threw four touchdown passes in a win against Duke. On November 16, 2019, Book threw for 284 yards and five touchdowns against Navy Midshipmen football, making him the first Notre Dame quarterback in history to have five touchdown passes in three games for one season.[citation needed]

2020 season[edit]

On December 29, 2019, Book announced via Instagram that he would be returning to Notre Dame for a fifth season as a redshirt senior.[10] On December 5, 2020, Book passed Tom Clements, Ron Powlus, and Brady Quinn for most wins as a quarterback in Notre Dame football history with 30 total wins as a starter. His 72 touchdown passes are second all-time in program history. [11] He finished 9th in the Heisman Trophy voting.[12] He helped lead Notre Dame to an appearance in the College Football Playoff, where they eventually lost to Alabama in the Semifinal Round in the Rose Bowl.[13]

College statistics[edit]

Season GP Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg AY/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2017 10 46 75 61.3 456 6.1 4.7 4 4 119.3 38 206 5.4 0
2018 10 214 314 68.2 2,628 8.4 8.6 19 7 154.0 95 280 2.9 4
2019 13 240 399 60.2 3,034 7.6 8.6 34 6 149.1 112 546 4.9 4
2020 12 228 353 64.6 2,830 8.0 8.5 15 3 144.3 116 485 4.2 9
Career 45 728 1,141 63.8 8,948 7.8 8.3 72 20 147.0 361 1,517 4.2 17

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
211 lb
(96 kg)
31+38 in
(0.80 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
4.65 s 1.71 s 2.65 s 4.20 s 7.00 s 32.5 in
(0.83 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
All values from Pro Day[14][15]

Book was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round with the 133rd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.[16] He signed his four-year rookie contract with New Orleans on June 8, 2021.[17]

On December 23, 2021, he was named that week's starting quarterback after Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian were placed on the reserve/COVID list. This made him the fourth quarterback the Saints named as a starter during an injury-riddled season.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Assaf, Mick (March 30, 2018). "Mick Assaf on Instagram: "Happy 20th birthday to a great quarterback, but a better friend. It's been a fun ride, my guy. Let's keep this thing rolling."". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "Ian Book Timeline Events". 247Sports.com. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "Notre Dame at North Carolina Box Score, October 7, 2017". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  4. ^ "Citrus Bowl - Notre Dame vs LSU Box Score, January 1, 2018". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  5. ^ "No. 8 Notre Dame swaps quarterbacks, beats Wake Forest 56–27". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on October 1, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Dodd, Dennis (September 30, 2018). "Ian Book makes all the difference for Notre Dame's renewed College Football Playoff hopes". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "Notre Dame vs. Northwestern - Box Score - November 3, 2018". ESPN. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Berardino, Mike (September 14, 2019). "Ian Book, defense lead Notre Dame football demolition of New Mexico". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  9. ^ Farmer, Douglas (October 10, 2019). "Ian Book's performance against Bowling Green could foreshadow sustainable Notre Dame success". Inside the Irish. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  10. ^ James, Tyler (December 30, 2019). "Ian Book returning to Notre Dame for senior season". USA TODAY. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  11. ^ "Notre Dame Fighting Irish Passing". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  12. ^ "2020 Heisman Trophy Voting". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  13. ^ "Rose Bowl - Notre Dame vs Alabama Box Score, January 1, 2021". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  14. ^ "Ian Book Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved December 24, 2021.
  15. ^ "Ian Book, Notre Dame, QB, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved December 24, 2021.
  16. ^ "New Orleans Saints select Ian Book with the 133rd pick". NewOrleansSaints.com. May 1, 2021. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  17. ^ Ortenberg, Andrew (June 8, 2021). "Saints Sign Entire Draft Class, Restructure Marshon Lattimore". Pro Football Rumors. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  18. ^ "Trevor Siemian, Taysom Hill, others test positive for COVID, Ian Book to start at QB: reports". wwltv.com. December 23, 2021. Retrieved January 3, 2022.

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