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Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame OC Tommy Rees Recognizes QB Ian Book's Accomplishment

May 17, 2020

It's graduation weekend at Notre Dame and while the University Commencement Ceremony will be online instead of on-campus, the football program is making sure its graduates are recognized. 

Notre Dame has started to release videos for each graduate and as their position coach writes a letter to them.

Yes, some will be back in 2020, but it doesn't change the fact they are getting recognized for likely the biggest accomplishment of their life. 

Fighting Irish offensive coordinator Tommy Rees wrote a quick letter to starting quarterback Ian Book to recognize his off the field work. 

Dear Ian, 

This is Coach Rees. Your journey to Notre Dame started with starting only the highest of goals for yourself, even when there were plenty of doubters, your persistence to achieve your goals never wavered. 

It has been said that being the starting quarterback at Notre Dame is the most scrutinized and demanding role in all of college football. You have handled this role with unrivaled commitment, class, humility and excitement. 

Really though, Ian, the greatest accomplishment with earning your degree from the University of Notre Dame. 

As a whole program, we are beyond proud of the young man you've grown into and so excited to have you back in South Bend this fall, leading our team.

Your story is still being written, Ian. I'm personally so excited to get going into year four with you. Congratulations again, Hoss. Go Irish. 

Book returns for his final season at Notre Dame after being named captain a year ago and winning the Offensive Player of the Year award at The Echoes. 

The California native has thrown for 6,118 yards and 57 touchdowns to just 17 interceptions during his time in South Bend. 

In 2019, Book completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,304 yards, 34 touchdowns and six interceptions. He was one of two FBSs quarterbacks (Jalen Hurts) to throw for over 2,500 yards and run for 500 and score 30 touchdowns in a season, which was the first time a Notre Dame quarterback had hit those marks. 

Book will graduate from the Mendoza College of Business with a major in Marketing. 

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