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Notre Dame Football

Ian Book Pleased With Spring Growth

April 17, 2019

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book has been through a variety of situations each spring. In 2017, the California native was in a similar situation as Phil Jurkovec and figuring it all out. Last spring, he entered the spring as the backup quarterback with essentially two wins under his belt while battling Brandon Wimbush for the quarterback job. 

This spring, Book entered and left the spring as the clear No. 1 quarterback, but his attitude and mindset hasn’t changed despite being the QB1 at Notre Dame. 

“It’s a little bit different because I’m in a different spot,” stated Book. “I have the same mindset. There are a lot of things I want to get better at each day.”

The Blue-Gold is a final cap to spring practice and while some hype up performances too much, Book was focused on making sure the Irish improved on the final outing of the spring. 

Book finished the day completing 16-of-21 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown.

“Pushing the tempo and leading the guys,” Book said of his goals. “I wanted to test the defense and give our guys a shot.

“It simulated what it was like on Saturday. I’m proud of the guys and no one had any injuries. I think the whole offense was having fun. There were a lot of smiles on everyone’s faces. That’s what we wanted to do.” 

Book did have a few moments where Notre Dame fans could see his development and experience shine. 

The 6-foot, 208-pounder hit junior receiver Michael Young Jr. for a touchdown after going through multiple reads in the red zone. Book was able to show patience to wait for the window to open and hit his mark.

“I just stepped up and my chemistry with Mike is getting a lot better,” explained Book. “I know where he’s going to be at certain times. I trusted the offensive line by stepping up and going through my first, second and third reads. 

“I know Mike would be there and I’m glad it worked out.” 

The play was a small look into the rapport Book is building with his offense and it could lead to the Irish being a dangerous offense this fall. 

Book knows the work isn’t done and he has to continue to grow over the next four months before fall camp begins in August. 

“Just getting through all my reads and trusting everybody,” said Book when asked where his biggest growth came from. “Knowing I have good chemistry with everyone from the receivers, running backs and offensive line. I know exactly where everyone is going to be at the right time.

“I’d also say defensive recognition as well. I’ve been working on that every day with film study.” 

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