Only COVID could stop Ian Book settings records two weeks ago against Wake Forest. This coming Saturday coming Saturday against FSU, Book will attempt to make a leap in the ND Football record books. Book has the opportunity to move in the following categories: 300 Yards Passing, Touchdown Passes, QB Rushing Yards, and Total Offense Yards. You don’t get to this point in your career being a mediocre quarterback.
There are folks that say that Book hasn’t been impressive, statistics don’t lie and they tell a different story. Football is a team sport. Yes, there have been a few bumps in the road, but he has definitely put his work in. Let’s breakdown each of the categories and see what Book needs to do to pass former Notre Dame QB’s and what he needs to do.
300 Yard Passing Games
In order for Book to move up in this category, he will need the 300 Yard Passing Game. Currently Book sits fourth in this category with six. He would tie his Offensive Coordinator Tommy Rees with seven if he does this on Saturday. He would the be three behind Jimmy Clausen with ten and Brady Quinn with eleven. Details and focus will be key for him to do this on Saturday afternoon.
Book currently sits fourth in this category as well. With two TD passes on Saturday Book can tie Jimmy Clausen with sixty, with three TD passes he moves into a tie for second place with Tommy Rees, and three he takes sole possession of second place over Rees and behind Brady Quinn in the number one slot with 95. Once again, it will be about executing and putting the team first.
QB Rushing Yards
This category gives Book the opportunity to move into second place. With 1,075 Rushing Yards, Book sits third just behind Brandon Wimbush with 1,155 yards and Tony Rice dominant in his stat in first at 1,921. The Rice record is going to be a hard one to go get and pass.
Total Offense Yards
This final category is well within reach as well. Currently third with 7,551 Total Offense Yards which Book moved into this past weekend against USF, Book needs just forty three to move ahead of Jimmy Clausen in the second spot and Brady Quinn has a solid hold at the top spot with 11,944 yards total Offense,
The Wrap Up
When you look at Ian’s body of work, the numbers are not bad at all. Book is 21-3 for his career as the starting QB at Notre Dame. 2018 QB rating is 154.0, 2019 149.1 and so far in 2020 he is at 132.8. Those are not bad numbers at all. The best part about Ian is the leadership he brings to the entire team. What he expects out the team, he expects more out of himself. That’s the guy wanting to a mentor to the next generation of Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish football players.
Kick off is slated for 7:30 PM EST and will be broadcast on NBC and can be heard on the Notre Dame Sports Channel here.
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