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THE BOOK OF IAN

The Audio Book

"The Book of Ian: The Movie," based on a true story.

FOREWORD

At Notre Dame, the Irish quarterback is one of the most visible figures in college football, past and present. Eyes are on him from the moment he steps on the field, and all those watching begin to write his story. There are careers, seasons, even singular moments that define a player, and many would say that Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book has had his fair share of those.

Who is Ian Book? When you ask him, it's remarkably simple.

“I’m just a kid living out his dream to play college football since third grade.”

Just a kid living the dream. To get to this level, you have to have natural talent. You have to have awareness, pocket presence, calm under pressure. You have to balance your time and shut out the naysayers and work when not a soul watches. You have to be resilient. Fearless. Smart. Confident.

You have to get up again, and again, and again.

And then, you have to get better. At Notre Dame, you are surrounded by history, records, games and stories of lore that the Irish can recite upon a singular callback. There’s an expectation that you evolve, that you keep growing and push the standard of excellence that has come to define Notre Dame football. Now, the winningest quarterback in Notre Dame Football history, and one of just two FBS quarterbacks with a win rate of .900 or higher, Book has cemented his place among the Notre Dame greats.

Book was awarded the game ball after his 30th-career win as a starter, making him the winningest starting quarterback in Notre Dame history.

THE HISTORY

Record as a starter: 30-4 (.882)

Through 11 games, Book has completed 201 passes for 2,601 yards and 15 touchdowns, with just two interceptions. He has rushed for 430 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.

Capped the longest streak of passing attempts without an interception in program history at 266 (beginning mid-Game One vs. Duke and ending mid-Game 10 vs. Syracuse), which was the longest active streak in the FBS.

Book is the only Power 5 quarterback with more than 237 pass attempts and only two interceptions (or fewer). Book owns 286 attempts with just two picks.

With eight rushing TDs in 2020, ranks tied for third among all Power 5 quarterbacks in season rushing touchdowns.

2020 ACCOLADES

  • Team Captain
  • All-ACC Third Team
  • Pop Warner National College Football Award Winner
  • Manning Award Finalist
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist
  • Senior CLASS Award Finalist
  • Maxwell Award Semifinalist
  • Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist
  • Walter Camp Player of the Year Semifinalist
  • Davey O’Brien Award Class of 2020
  • Manning Award Quarterback of the Week - Syracuse
  • Four-time 2020 Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 List selection - Pitt, Clemson, Boston College, North Carolina
  • Two-time 2020 game ball recipient: Clemson, Syracuse
  • Manning Award Star of the Week - Boston College, Syracuse
  • ACC Quarterback of the Week at Pitt
  • CFPA National Performer of the Year Watch List
  • Reese’s Senior Bowl Invitee

BOOK JACKET REVIEWS

"Ian Book has impressed me as much as anybody in the last three or four weeks, the way he's played. ... Book's making magic happen. I mean, he is. He's done an unbelievable job of making play after play after play and highlight plays that are fun and exciting. And if he does it again, it'll be cool." - ESPN's David Pollack

“Ian was as good tonight as anybody I’ve ever seen. We couldn’t tackle him. I mean, we harassed him. We had people around him, there could have been six sacks. We could not get him on the ground. And then he made some unbelievable plays on third down. I don’t know if he’s in the Heisman race or not, but he should be. His record is 29-3, he’s fast, he’s quick, he’s accurate, he’s smart. He’s not going to do things to get his team beat. But I was so impressed with him tonight. I was impressed with him as much as any quarterback I’ve seen.” – North Carolina head coach Mack Brown following the Nov. 27 matchup

"I hate to compare him to Joe Montana, but he has a little bit of magic to him and he is a great player. He’s the heart and soul. He makes them go." – Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.

“I don’t know if anybody could make that play other than 12 for Notre Dame. ... He looks comfortable when there’s chaos.” – ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit during the Nov. 27 No. 2 ND at No. 19 UNC call.

“Ian Book makes off-schedule plays and he runs the ball really well. He is a good, good quarterback. He is going to continue to do that this year. I have a lot of respect for him.” – Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley

“He’s a ballplayer. He just does stuff no one can imagine really doing. Like we said, all-time winningest quarterback at Notre Dame. He’s a baller.” – Notre Dame tight end Tommy Tremble

CHAPTER 1 - North Carolina

In his first-career start on October 7, 2017, Book led the Irish to a 33-10 win over North Carolina. The sophomore, who had attempted just eight passes so far that season, went 17-of-31 for 146 yards and a touchdown, rushing for 46 yards.

“I had some nerves when I first got out there,” Book said. “But the 10 guys on that offense with me make my job a lot easier, so I had all the confidence in the world.”

2017 CITRUS BOWL

After both teams struggled to click offensively, Book came into the game with two minutes remaining in the first half to give new life to the Irish offense. As Notre Dame pushed their way up the field, Book kept the drive alive by running for Notre Dame’s longest third-down conversion of the year, moving the chains after rushing for 21 yards on 3rd and 19.

Later came the New Year’s Day heroics, as Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin earned Citrus Bowl MVP honors as he brought down a long pass from Book with one hand before breaking a pair of tackles for a 55-yard touchdown reception with 1:28 left. Yoon’s extra point provided the final margin of 21-17.

CHAPTER 2 - Wake Forest

In its first road test of the 2018 season, the eighth-ranked Notre Dame football team had its most productive offensive game of the season en route to a 56-27 win over Wake Forest (2-2) at BB&T Field.

Book made his first start of the season, the second of his career, and he led the Irish to 566 yards of total offense against the Demon Deacons. Book was 25-34 through the air for 325 yards and two TDs. The junior also recorded the first three rushing touchdowns of his career.

CHAPTER 18 - Virginia Tech

A last-gasp touchdown drive resulting in a seven-yard scoring rush by Ian Book lifted No. 16 Notre Dame to a 21-20 victory over Virginia Tech at Notre Dame Stadium. After the Hokies (5-3) had held the Irish (6-2) scoreless in the second half, Book and company manufactured an 18-play, 87-yard drive in the final 3:22 of regulation, scoring with 29 seconds remaining to regain the lead.

Book finished 29-of-53 for 341 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while also rushing for an additional 50 yards on 13 carries.

CHAPTER 24 - Duke

In the season opener vs. Duke, Book completed 19-of-31 passes, including a 75-yard long, for 236 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 12 yards. Book quarterbacked the Irish offense to five scoring drives, the first of which went 96 yards in 12 plays, to take the lead in the second quarter. It was the longest drive by the Irish since a 97-yard drive in the 30-27 home win over Southern Cal in 2019. Notre Dame also added an 83-yard touchdown drive later in the game.

In all, the Irish offense outrushed (178-75), outpassed (263-259) and outgained (441-334) the Blue Devils, and were 3-4 in the redzone.

CHAPTER 25 - South Florida

The seventh-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team’s defense was on full display, shutting out visiting South Florida 52-0 at Notre Dame Stadium (10,085) to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Irish offense had an impressive afternoon, scoring rushing touchdowns on the first four drives of the game and building a 35-0 lead by halftime. Notre Dame totaled six rushing touchdowns overall from four different players, with three coming from Ian Book in the first half. Book became the first quarterback in modern school history with three rushing touchdowns in a half.

Book completed 12-of-19 passes for 144 yards, also managing an offense that scored five rushing touchdowns, traveled 430 yards, posted zero turnovers and only punted twice.

CHAPTER 26 - Florida State

Fifth-ranked Notre Dame (3-0, 2-0 ACC) used the ground game to run past the Florida State Seminoles (1-3, 0-3 ACC), 42-26, at Notre Dame Stadium (10,049).

Graduate student Ian Book finished the night 16-for-25 for 201 yards while adding 58 yards on the ground. He recorded three touchdowns on the night, one on the ground and two through the air. Furthermore, Book tied Jimmy Clausen for the third-most career passing touchdowns, as he now sits at 60 in his career. Book quarterbacked ND to 554 yards of total offense in the 42-26 win over Florida State, the most for Notre Dame since 2019 vs. Bowling Green (573 yards).

CHAPTER 27 - Louisville

The fourth-ranked Notre Dame football team battled the University of Louisville at Notre Dame Stadium and prevailed with a 12-7 victory to remain undefeated (4-0, 3-0 ACC) on the season.

Book had an impressive third-quarter 13-yard rushing touchdown to regain the lead on his way to amassing 47 yards on the ground. Book also accumulated 106 passing yards, completing 11-of-19 attempts. Book and the offense held the ball for 36:15, including an impressive 7:55, 57-yard drive to end the fourth quarter and preserve the win.

CHAPTER 28 - Pittsburgh

The third-ranked University of Notre Dame football team moved to 5-0 in 2020 with a convincing 45-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers (3-4) at Heinz Field. Offensively, graduate student quarterback Ian Book led the way for the Irish with 312 yards passing and three passing touchdowns while adding 40 yards rushing on eight carries. He broke the game open by connecting with graduate student Ben Skowronek down the field twice – a 34-yard grab in the first quarter and a 73-yard scoring strike in the second.

Book was named to the Davey O’Brien Great 8 List for his performance in the 45-3 road win. His three passing touchdowns led all ACC quarterbacks that week, along with his TD pct. (10.0, min. 20 attempts). His 312 passing yards were the second-most in the conference that week, and his 173.7 rating was the second-highest in the ACC for the week.

Notre Dame’s 42-point margin of victory over Pitt was the largest margin of victory by a Power 5 team in a win over a Power 5 team that weekend. It was also the largest margin of victory for Notre Dame over a Power 5 team in the Brian Kelly era, and the largest over a Power 5 team since 2003 (57-7 win vs. Stanford).

Notre Dame posted 11 rushing first downs against the ACC’s top-ranked rushing defense (Pitt), and Book was responsible for three of those first downs, including an 18-yard dash to later set up the 73-yard TD pass to Skowronek.

CHAPTER 29 - Georgia Tech

The fourth-ranked Fighting Irish extended its winning streak to 12 games with a decisive 31-13 win over Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Ian Book captained the Notre Dame offense, throwing for 199 yards and a touchdown and added 46 yards on the ground. Three of his rushes resulted in first downs, and two of those first-down runs were 13 yards or longer.

Notre Dame’s 15-play opening drive lasted 8:38 and ended with Joe Wilkins’ first career touchdown on an eight-yard pass from Book. Book was 7-7 on the opening drive, hitting five different receivers.

CHAPTER 30 - No. 1 Clemson

In the most anticipated game at Notre Dame Stadium in over a decade, the No. 4 ranked Notre Dame football team took down No. 1 Clemson, 47-40, in a double-overtime thriller. The Irish earned their ninth win in program history over an A.P. No. 1, which ties Miami for second all-time, and ended Clemson’s 36-game regular-season winning streak.

Book was awarded the game ball for a performance in which he completed 22 passes for 310 yards and a touchdown, also rushing 14 times for 67 yards. His 310 passing yards came against the then second-ranked passing defense in the ACC (behind Notre Dame) in Clemson (allowed 174.9 avg./game entering the game), marking the eighth 300-yard game of his career.

Book went 5-for-5 to start the game, not throwing his first incompletion until 13:20 remained in the second quarter. His 67 rushing yards alone outpaced the entire Clemson offense, which posted 34 rushing yards. Thirteen of Book’s 22 completions were for gains of 10 yards or more, and four gained 28 yards or more. Six of Book’s completions resulted in successful third-down conversions.

CHAPTER 31 - Boston College

The second-ranked Notre Dame football team extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games following a 45-31 win over Boston College at Alumni Stadium. With the win Brian Kelly recorded his 100th^ career win at Notre Dame, tying Lou Holtz for the second most all-time wins in program history.

Following one of the best games of his career against No. 1 Clemson, Ian Book continued his strong play against the Eagles. Book was very efficient in the air, finishing 20-of-27 for 283 yards and three touchdowns while adding 85 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Posting zero sacks and zero interceptions, he also added 10 rushes for 85 yards and a touchdown, leading the team in rushing yards.

With a 74.1 completion PCT., Book led all ACC quarterbacks on the weekend. He was also the only ACC quarterback not to take a sack on the weekend (among eligible QBs). His 10.48 yards/attempt were the second-most in the ACC for the week. Book’s 198.8 passer rating ranked sixth on the weekend among all FBS quarterbacks. Accounting for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing), Book’s game marked the first time a Notre Dame player has been responsible for four or more touchdowns in a single game since he did it at Stanford in 2019.

CHAPTER 32 - No. 19 North Carolina

The second-ranked Notre Dame football team slowed down one of the highest scoring offenses in the country en route to its 15-straight victory in the 31-17 win over No. 19 North Carolina at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

Heading back to the place of his first collegiate start, Ian Book led the Irish offense with another complete performance against the Tar Heels. He completed 23-of-33 passes for 279 yards and one touchdown. Book also had an effective day on the ground, finishing the game with 48 yards on eight carries. He posted a season-long 33-yard run against the Tar Heels, the longest run by a starting quarterback in the ACC that week.

The graduate student quarterbacked the Irish to four touchdown drives of at least 75 yards against the Tar Heels, including a season-long scoring drive of 97 yards. Book led the Irish to 478 yards of total offense against a UNC defense that entered the game allowing 413.6 yards of offense per game.

CHAPTER 33 - Syracuse

The No. 2 ranked Notre Dame football team (10-0, 9-0 ACC) shook off a slow start with a dominant second quarter en route to a 45-21 victory over Syracuse. With the win, quarterback Ian Book secured his 30th career win at Notre Dame, the most all-time in school history. With the win, he cemented a perfect 15-0 record as a starter in Notre Dame Stadium, tying for the most wins among undefeated QBs at home.

Book wrote another chapter in his incredible season against Syracuse. The graduate student finished 24-for-37 for 285 yards and 5 total touchdowns in his final game at Notre Dame Stadium. Book scampered for two rushing touchdowns in the game to tie for fourth all-time in career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 16.

Book accounted for five touchdowns vs. Syracuse, the most by any Power 5 player (any position) on the weekend. No FBS player accounted for more touchdowns on the week than Book’s five, the most by an Irish player since he passed for five touchdowns vs. Navy in 2019. With an interception vs. Syracuse, Book capped the longest streak by an Irish QB in program history with 266 attempts without a pick. It was the longest active streak in the FBS.

Entering the day, Syracuse’s defense allowed an average of 251.8 passing yards per game. Book surpassed that mark in the first half alone with 252 passing yards. With eight rushing touchdowns (including two Saturday) this season, Book ranks third among all Power 5 quarterbacks in season rushing touchdowns.

Book was responsible for 19 of Notre Dame’s 27 first downs on the day (15 passing, four rushing), and all but one of the Irish’s 15 first downs in the first half (the only other Notre Dame first down in the first half was by penalty).