NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football program is in good hands with Marcus Freeman as head coach.
Freeman, a former linebacker at Ohio State who spent a year in the NFL bouncing around practice squads, helped build the Cincinnati defense as their DC.
That Cincinnati defense made the CFB Playoffs this year while Freeman was in South Bend.
Since Freeman was appointed DC on (date), he has commanded respect from players and other members of the coaching staff.
When Brian Kelly announced he was leaving the program, players were left shocked. The captains took matters into their own hands and made sure that Notre Dame’s AD, Jack Swarbrick, knew that they wanted Marcus Freeman as their next HC.
Swarbrick listened and appointed Freeman as head coach. Freeman, who has helped Notre Dame build two incoming top 5 recruiting classes, was welcomed by a standing ovation to the team when he walked in their locker room as HC for the first time.
Mike Elston, the Defensive Line coach at Notre Dame, talked about this moment, stating, “I was actually somewhere recruiting (laughing). I wasn't even in the locker room. But seeing the video doesn't shock me. He's the same guy every day. The players appreciate that. It was very heart-warming. And he's a great guy, and the players love him, and it showed up on that video.”
The trust that the players put in Freeman to help him get promoted to head coach has paid off, the players are in better shape and having more fun than ever.
Since being appointed head coach, the players have found practices more upbeat.
When asked about the biggest change Freeman has implemented on the Notre Dame program, star tight end Michael Mayer said, “I think number one, it's been the practices. The practices have been more upbeat, more up-tempo, a little bit more against our own defense. For me, I think it's been great. It's got me better in shape. I think the team can agree. It's a little bit more competitive, a little bit more energy on the field, and I think that's something that's been great for this team, and I think it will show this weekend.”
Meanwhile, Freeman himself has learned a lot about himself in his short head coaching tenure so far.
“You come from Cincinnati where we had a lot of success, and you feel like you really had a good spring. You really had a good fall. As you go into the first game versus Florida State, after that game, you're like, "Oh, crap, we're not as good as I thought,” stated Freeman at the Head Coaches press conference. Freeman went on to say, “after week 6, your best player, Kyle Hamilton, goes down. So you have to say, Okay, now how do we fit this scheme around who's the next guy in? This group has just trusted us and this coaching staff. The coaching staff has done a tremendous job in terms of just figuring out what's the best way to teach these guys. What's the best thing that fits these guys? We've worked as a team. The defensive staff has been a team all year. Taking other people's ideas is something that we've done. And just the ability to try and get to this final product that we have, it's been a growing experience.”
Freeman continually emphasized the importance of learning from one another and continuing the momentum.
Freeman and the Fighting Irish will face Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl on New Years Day at 11 AM Mountain Time. This will be the first game of the Marcus Freeman era and all Notre Dame fans are rooting for a strong start to an era that has high expectations.
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Jack Coan is a Notre Dame guy.
Most Notre Dame fans know Jack Coan for being the graduate transfer from Wisconsin who in a rebuilding year has led Notre Dame to the #5 ranking in the country with his stellar play, brute toughness, and leadership abilities.
Little do most Notre Dame fans know is that Jack once was ready to commit to play all four years of his college athletic experience at Notre Dame, but not for football.
Jack Coan was a lacrosse star and committed to Notre Dame for lacrosse and was set on going to South Bend before getting an offer from Wisconsin to play football for them.
Football being his main love, Coan jumped on the opportunity, and the rest is history.
The Sayville, New York, native led the Wisconsin Badgers to a Rose Bowl appearance, losing to Justin Herbert and the Oregon Ducks in a heartbreaking 28-27 game.
The following offseason, Coan was injured and did not play for Wisconsin that season, marking an end to his career with the Badgers.
When Coan announced he was transferring, the first school he thought of going to was Notre Dame. After several schools called, including the Irish, Coan realized that the opportunity to play for his dream school in his dream sport had finally presented himself and he jumped on the opportunity.
“(Notre Dame) means a ton to me. It was always sort of my dream to come play football here at Notre Dame. And, obviously, I was coming here for lacrosse. And then when I was in the transfer portal and Notre Dame came around and offered me to come here, it sort of just felt like it was meant to be,” said Coan about coming to Notre Dame at the Fiesta Bowl media day.
Coan has started every game for the Irish this season and has thrown for 2,641 yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s even won games while playing with a dislocated finger.
The heart and passion that Coan plays with have been a driving force into Notre Dame’s remarkable season.
Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator, Tommy Rees, stated that his only regret with Jack Coan is that, “we didn’t have him for four years.”
Rees, a Notre Dame legend as a player and on his way to becoming one as an OC, has high praise for Coan and believes he will be a successful player in the NFL and will find his way onto a roster next year.
Coan, Rees, & co. will take on Oklahoma State on New Years Day at the Playstation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.
This will be Coan’s final college football game and his chance to prove himself in front of NFL scouts and add a piece of silverware to his impressive resume.
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Malcolm Rodriguez walked into Fiesta Bowl media day with a cowboy hat on and full of excitement. Rodriguez, the leader of the team, leads Oklahoma State in tackles and is ready to pounce on Notre Dame and walk away from Glendale with a win and Fiesta Bowl trophy in his final game as a Cowboy.
“I’m just glad they (OSU) took a chance on a small-town kid like me. I’m glad we were able to kind of be in the top ten at the end of the season, and hopefully, we get this W on Saturday,” said Rodriguez about OSU.
Rodriguez is the energetic, full-of-life team leader alongside players such as safety Kolby Harvell-Peel, who is a dynamic, versatile, highly-touted NFL Draft prospect.
Harvell-Peel, who has ten interceptions in his career at OSU, including three this season, withdrew his name from consideration in last year's NFL Draft pool after realizing that he wanted to have another go at it with Oklahoma State.
“After I made the decision it felt like I had a weight taken off my shoulders and I was able to lock in on playing ball at OSU again. I went through this whole season, enjoyed it, and in the end coming back paid off and I was able to have a great season.”
Harvell-Peel is one of the main pieces to OSU’s team that has soared to the 9th overall ranking in the country.
However, the excitement of playing in a New Years 6 game will also come with faes leaving and tons of preparation for Notre Dame’s offense.
Oklahoma State’s former DC, Jim Knowles, recently left the program for the Ohio State Buckeyes, which left OSU’s Mike Gundy with a quick decision on who to appoint as interim DC.
Gundy looked no further than defensive line coach, Joe Bob Clements, who has had plenty of offers to be a DC at many schools around the country.
Clements has a lot of his hands to take care of. Although he knows the team inside and out, he will have to fill in the void that came with Knowles leaving the program.
In addition, Clements will also have to prepare for Notre Dame’s QB carousel. The Fighting Irish have used 3 different QBs this year, all of whom possess different unique attributes.
Jack Coan is a proven winner and pocket passer. Freshman, Tyler Buchner, is labeled as the future of the program and has good size and wheels. Meanwhile, Drew Pyne is a mix of both Coan and Buchner.
Joe Bob Clements talked about the preparation for the game and having to play against possibly 3 QBs, “Well, we've had the fortunate benefit of having a month to prepare. It might have been a little bit more of a headache if we only had a week. But you see some uniqueness with the quarterbacks that they play, but you also see similarities… They’ve got (Coan) who’s played in two different New Years' 6 Bowl games for two different teams, and that’s not a coincidence. They also got 12 (Tyler Buchner), and he’s a dynamic runner but can also throw the ball and make things happen for them.”
Collin Oliver, who leads the team in sacks, also talked about playing against a multitude of QBs, “I'm very excited. It's a new challenge that I can't wait to take on. We obviously have been preparing for the trio of quarterbacks that they have in a good way, in preparing certain calls for certain situations. So I think Joe Bob [Clements] has his stuff down,” Oliver said.
Oklahoma State’s hard-hitting, energetic, and cohesive defensive unit will take the field against Notre Dame at the Fiesta Bowl on New Years Day and all the players are looking forward to the chance to play against a school with the prestige and talent of Notre Dame.
Although doubts have been presented by many college football fans after the Jim Knowles move, Notre Dame is going through a similar situation and both teams will want to start their new eras off strong.
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Ian Book is just an undersized, three-star recruit, from El Dorado Hills that clawed and scraped his way to become Notre Dame’s all-time win leader and left South Bend as a legend.
Book, who led Notre Dame to two college football semifinals appearances, was picked up by Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints with the 133rd overall pick in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
After weeks of being on the practice squad, Book finally got called up to the active 53 man roster when injuries and COVID occurred to the Saints. New Orleans’ main man at the QB spot, Jameis Winston tore his ACL to start the season, then after leading the team to a respectable 7-7 record, QB pair Trevor Siemian and Taysom Hill were both placed on the IR/COVID reserve list.
The next man in the pecking order is none other than Ian Book and he’s been given the green light to start in his first NFL game on Monday Night Football against the red hot Miami Dolphins led by Tua Tagovailoa.
Tua, who has had a resurgence in his second year, has led Miami to 6 straight wins. Meanwhile, the Saints are coming off of a 9-0 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in one of the most obscure games of the year.
Book will have a tall task to handle as Miami possess a good secondary who will be sure to try to trick Ian Book into making mistakes.
Luckily for the Saints, and unfortunately for the Dolphins, Book was known at Notre Dame for his good progressions and ability to escape the rush, two things vital in today's NFL game. Book’s speedy wheels and improvisation skills will come in handy in his first NFL game.
In addition to the quick feet of Ian Book, Sean Payton will make sure to have his running backs in Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram ready for lots of touches on Monday Night.
Miami has the seventh-best rushing defense in the league, so the Saints' offensive line will have some work to do to make sure that the players behind them can exploit holes and win the football game.
Book is filled with confidence and excitement heading into his NFL start, and the kid who was never supposed to make it is ready for his time to shine on Monday Night lights with America watching on.
CHRIS' THOUGHTS: I've seen every single second of Ian Book playing football from the time he stepped in at Notre Dame and made a miracle happen in the Music City Bowl. Book's toughness, leadership, and athleticism will do him well at the NFL level.
I expect Book to have a good game and make prove the many haters wrong. Book has all the tools to be a successful NFL quarterback, whether as a starter or reliable backup that hasn't been determined yet, but this game on Monday night is his chance, who are trying to get a Wild Card spot, that he's their guy.
And I believe he will.
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They came, they saw, the conquered: The legacy of Kyle Hamilton and Kyren Williams.
Kyle Hamilton and Kyren Williams walked into South Bend, Indiana as 4 and 3-star recruits, respectively.
The pair became two of the most explosive players in Notre Dame history, Hamilton lighting up on the defensive side of the game while Williams dominated on offense. The two now leave Notre Dame as potential first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Hamilton, who is considered a future top 10 pick and the best safety in the draft, spent his freshman season as a backup to Alohi Gilman and Jalen Elliot. Despite being the backup, Hamilton still managed to record 41 tackles, 4 interruptions, and a touchdown.
It was in his sophomore year when Hamilton made his name known around the college football world. The kid from Atlanta recorded 63 tackles, 1 interception, and impressed Notre Dame fans with his versatility. Hamilton was anywhere and everywhere on the field.
Although Hamilton’s junior season was cut short due to an ankle injury in October, the highly touted recruit still managed to record 3 interceptions including two against Florida State, including an interception where Hamilton managed to run across the field from side to side to grab the interception.
Meanwhile, Kyren William’s quickness and consistency have been unmatched in his three years at Notre Dame. In his sophomore and junior season, Williams has tallied over 2,000 combined rushing yards and a total of 27 touchdowns.
Williams is also an efficient pass catcher, having 300+ yard receiving seasons the past two years.
Williams, ranked the fourth-best back in the nation by Mel Kiper, and second by TSC’s NFL Draft Player Rankings, has one of the quickest first steps and the ability to catch passes that NFL scouts crave for.
The two players, both captains as a junior, have both declared for the 2022 NFL Draft and will forgo the Fiesta Bowl. This also means the two will never have played a game under Marcus Freeman as a head coach.
Hamilton and Williams were integral pieces in Notre Dame’s College Football Playoff Appearance last season and have left their mark in Notre Dame history forever.
Notre Dame has adjusted to life without Kyle Hamilton, as he hasn’t played since October. However, the loss of Kyren Williams will be huge and the former fastest high school player in the nation, Chris Tyree, will have big shoes to fill for the Blue and Gold.
The impact the pair has made on the program is immense and now Marcus Freeman and co will have to adjust to life without two of their stars and the two foregoing the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State will put a dent in Notre Dame’s chances of winning.
CHRIS’ thoughts: As mentioned in the article, Kyle Hamilton has been out with an injury since October, so his impact of leaving won’t be felt as much as Kyren Williams’.
However, Chris Tyree is a star, and he will finally get the chance has been patiently waiting for since coming to South Bend. Tyree has learned from one of the very best to do it in Williams and he will have to have a big game against Oklahoma State.
While Notre Dame’s betting chances of winning will most likely go down, I still favor Notre Dame in this game. I predict the Irish will come away from Glendale with a win, 36-27.
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It’s been a whirlwind of a week for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Team. After longtime head coach, Brian Kelly, left the program right before the possibility of making the playoffs, the players, staff, and fans were left shocked and wondering what was left of this chaotic season.
Many called for Luke Fickell from Cincinnati to take over as head coach. Some were rooting for Pat Fitzgerald from Northwestern. However, nobody was more favored and wanted than a defensive coordinator, Marcus Freeman.
A cool, calm, and collected, brilliant young mind, Marcus Freeman is also one of the best recruiters in the nation. Freeman helped recruit all the current players at Cincinnati who are third in the country and the upcoming Notre Dame classes which both rank top 5 in the country.
Notre Dame’s athletic director, Jack Swarbrick noticed this and jumped quickly on hiring Marcus Freeman. Players, recruits, and fans were relieved and confident with the decision.
The passion that the players had for Freeman was shown when he was announced as the head coach in the locker room. Freeman, a former Ohio State linebacker, was pumped, and all the players jumped on him celebrating.
Now, freeman and the Irish will have a tough test on their hands in their bowl game in Glendale, Arizona. After narrowly missing out on the College Football Playoffs, Freeman and the Irish will compete for the Fiesta Bowl against #9 Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State, who also recently held the fifth spot in the college football rankings, is a fantastic football team who came inches away from beating Baylor in a heartbreaking Big 12 Championship Game that went down to the very final whistle.
Baylor, relieved to get out of the game with a win, were pushed to the limits by an Oklahoma State team.
Notre Dame’s defensive line will be the difference-maker in their clash against Oklahoma State. If the likes of Isiah Foskey can step up to the plate and pressure Blake Shapen, OKST’s QB who threw three interceptions against Baylor.
On the other side of the ball, the offensive line must stay strong and support Jack Coan, who isn’t the most mobile of quarterbacks.
Tommy Rees should also make sure to find Kevin Austin throughout the game. Austin, the most reliable deep threat for the Irish all season long, has racked up 42 receptions for 783 yards and 6 touchdowns throughout the season.
Overall, both teams have a lot of questions coming into the Fiesta Bowl, and both will do their best to answer them.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION: I have Notre Dame winning this game 34-23. Notre Dame has a great defense, explosive offense, and most importantly, a chip on their shoulder following the departure of Brian Kelly.
Kelly’s departure left Notre Dame players shocked, confused, and angry. Now with Marcus Freeman at the helm, these players know they have lots to prove and will use their frustration out on the field.
For some players, such as QB, Jack Coan, this will be the last game they ever play for the Irish, and I believe they will leave on a high, winning the Fiesta Bowl at the beautiful, State Farm Stadium.
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The year is 2021, and Notre Dame still hasn’t earned respect from many fans around the country.
Despite being the closest team to Alabama all season (losing by 17 points, every other team Alabama played lost by more than 17 points), Notre Dame was still laughed at and mocked by their college football peers.
However, Brian Kelly didn’t listen to the outsiders and has continued to build upon the foundation he’s made at Notre Dame. Even despite the Irish’s all-time win leader at the QB position in Ian Book leaving, Kelly has managed to string together win after win.
Throughout the 2021 season thus far, Notre Dame has fallen to only the number 4 Cincinnati Bearcats. However, as the old college football saying goes, “if you’re going to lose, do it early.”
Luckily, Notre Dame lost at the right time, and they’re now in a great position to make the college football playoffs.
Despite all the losses they had, despite the fact many saw it as a rebuilding year for the Irish, Notre Dame has over a 50% chance of making it to the college football playoff for the third time in history, a remarkable feat.
The current college football rankings are Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Cincinnati, Michigan, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the six spot in the rankings.
This upcoming week, Ohio State and Michigan, both of whom have one loss, will play each other. If Notre Dame wins against Stanford, that will bump Notre Dame up to the 5 spot.
However, the team at 5 is the first team out. Luckily for Notre Dame, Georgia and Alabama will play in the SEC Championship game. If Alabama loses, it’s nearly certain Notre Dame will move up to the number 4 spot. However, if Alabama wins and Georgia loses, the Irish will have a 50-50 chance of getting in as it’s very likely the committee will go with a one-loss Georgia over a one-loss Notre Dame.
Regardless, Jack Coan and the Fighting Irish will need to take care of business away from home against a 3-8 Stanford team who are looking forward to the chance of putting a dent in the national championship hopes of their arch-nemesis.
Overall, Notre Dame fans have a lot of football to look forward to over the next few weeks as many games can help decide Notre Dame’s fate in the final rankings.
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Kyren Williams is a legitimate Heisman candidate. Notre Dame’s speedy, pass-catching running back is one of the nation's best and most productive returning running backs.
However, the 5’9 21-year-old from Missouri also has a lot going against him this upcoming season. For instance, the junior back has unfamiliar faces protecting him up front. Four of the five Irish starters are now pursuing their NFL dreams, with three of them being drafted.
Jarrett Patterson will be returning from injury and moving positions as the guard will move over to center as per Brian Kelly.
One of Williams’ keys to success last year was his amazing offensive line that would make holes for Williams to exploit, and Williams sure did.
The kid from Missouri ran for 1,125 yards and 13 touchdowns on 211 attempts.
The turnover in the offensive line will be a tough task for Brian Kelly and his team to handle, as experience at the OL position is vital. However, Notre Dame is known for producing offensive linemen and Jeff Quinn, Notre Dame’s offensive Line Coach, will be sure to have the new boys ready.
Another reason Kyren Williams might not be a legitimate Heisman candidate is because of just how good Chris Tyree is. Tyree, a sophomore, rushed for a steady 496 yards, getting limited reps because of Williams’ ability.
This season, Tommy Rees will want to give more touches to Tyree - who as a senior in high school won the award for the fastest football player in the nation.
On the flip side, there are many more reasons pointing to why Williams puts up a legitimate case for the Heisman Trophy.
For starters, Notre Dame lost a lot of talent this past offseason and their new QB, Jack Coan, isn’t the running-around, playmaking QB that Ian Book was. This will make Tommy Rees rely much heavier on the run game, something that Wisconsin did when Coan started there, with their running back (now Colts star) Jonathan Taylor putting up record-setting numbers as the Badgers relied on him heavily.
Rees will have to adjust to the way his new QB plays and a run-oriented offense will likely be the way he does so.
Secondly, Kyren Williams is a dual-threat running back. The St. Louis native is also very effective in the air, catching for 313 yards last season.
His ability to catch the ball will be very important for this Irish offense who lost two of their biggest targets last year in Ben Skowronek and Javon McKinley.
Lastly, Kyren Williams has experience on a very inexperienced team. As a junior, he was named captain of the team, showing just how much his teammates and coaches trust in him and his abilities.
Williams is one of the nation's best returning backs and one of Notre Dame’s most experienced returning offensive players. The Irish have a tough schedule, facing the likes of Kedon Slovis and USC, and a very good Cincinnati Bearats team, but if Williams performs well he has the ability to change a game and in Notre Dame’s case, a season.
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Jack Coan has been announced by Brian Kelly as the starting QB for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their week 1 game against Florida State on September 5th.
Coan - who is a graduate transfer from Wisconsin, started 14 games and threw for 2,727 yards with a 69.6 completion percentage as a junior in 2019.
The Sayville, New York native ranked #1 in Pass Completion Percentage, third in passing efficiency rating, and fourth in pass competitions in his junior year at Wisconsin before falling to Justin Herbert and the Oregon Ducks in a heartbreaking 28-27 loss in the 2020 Rose Bowl.
Coming into the 2020 season, Coan was labeled as one of the best returning QB’s in the nation and was put on the Manning Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Maxwell Award, and Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list.
Unfortunately, Coan suffered a right foot injury in preseason practice and had to undergo surgery.
Coan was out for the majority of the season but was able to make the roster for the final three games. However, he didn’t see the field.
Following this, Coan entered the transfer portal and was snatched up by Brian Kelly and Notre Dame.
This came with uncertainty whether Coan would start at Notre Dame. 5-star freshman Tyler Buchner, just joined the program and sophomore Drew Pyne was waiting patiently for his chance under Ian Book.
The experienced Jack Coan managed to climb his way to the top of the depth chart and prevail. The pocket passing, pro-style QB will be the face of a new-look Irish team who were hit hard this off-season with lots of seniors leaving for the NFL.
From ND’s all-time winningest QB, Ian Book, to the Dick Butkus Award winner, Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah, Notre Dame will have a lot of new faces seeing game time this season.
Even defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, who was formerly at the University of Cincinnati, where he led them to a top 10 ranking, is a new face to the Notre Dame program.
Jack Coan will have big shoes to fill and with a tough schedule, it’s not an easy task. However, Coan doesn’t seem fazed by the pressure that comes with being the Notre Dame quarterback. If he can keep on learning the program and developing a connection with his receivers, anything is possible.
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Ian Book, the undersized, 3-star recruit from El Dorado Hills, California, managed to string together one of the most impressive careers in Notre Dame Football History.
Despite being first in all-time wins for QB’s in school history, critics are still harsh on Book for not having a good enough arm.
However, Book didn’t listen to the critics, instead, he outperformed the rest of the country in nearly every statistical category. Including wins.
Book didn’t see the field as a freshman, but as a sophomore, he got on the field and played scarcely throughout the season.
It was in the 2018 Citrus Bowl, Book’s last game of his sophomore season, that he rose to prominence. Book connected with Miles Boykin in one of the greatest ND Football plays of the 21st century.
Following his sophomore year, Book started every game, including his 5th year, leading Notre Dame to two College Football Playoff games, both of which ended in heartbreaking losses to Clemson.
Book also produced some of the greatest Notre Dame moments in recent memory. In the 2020 regular season, including a regular-season win at home against Clemson. In a tightly contested matchup, Book fumbled late in the third quarter while attempting to run in for a touchdown.
The 23-23 game seemed to shift Clemson’s way, but Notre Dame’s defense led by Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah stayed strong and held Clemson to a field goal.
Later in the game, with only 26 seconds left, down 33-26, Ian Book dropped back and delivered a bullet pass which helped Notre Dame tie the game and force it into overtime where Notre Dame, led by Book’s heroics, prevailed and won 47-40.
The Fighting Irish, who didn’t see much success following the days of Tony Rice and Rocket Ismail, finally tasted what it felt to be on top again after Book stepped into the program and took over the reins after Book got announced as the starting QB.
All of this information leads all Notre Dame fans to a question asked many times, where does Ian Book rank amongst the all-time great Notre Dame quarterbacks?
If there is one thing Ian Book is, it’s that he’s a winner. He may not have the strongest arm but he has one thing that the Notre Dame program was lacking for nearly 20 years, the ability to change a game. The ability to carry a team. The ability to win.
Ian Book helped Brian Kelly save his job and provide relevancy to the Notre Dame program again.
While analyzing stats and only judging players off of their stats, ability, and what they did for the Notre Dame program and only the Notre Dame program, Ian Book puts himself in top ten positioning.
Book falls short to the likes of Angelo Bertelli, Johnny Lujack, John Huarte, Joe Theismann, and Jerry Rice; he prevails over the likes of Brady Quinn, Evertt Goldson, Jimmy Clausen, and many more all-time greats.
Ian Book produced some of the greatest recent memories in Notre Dame history, however, unlike some of his all-time legend counterparts, he didn’t win a Heisman or National Championship which sees him as the 7th all-time best Notre Dame quarterback behind the 5 previously mentioned as well as Joe Montana. Right behind Book at the 8 spot is Brady Quinn followed by Irish legend, Ron Powlus, at the number 9 spot.
Overall, Ian Book proved all the doubters wrong with his heroics in his fifth year at Notre Dame. Many said Book could never reach the potential of one of the best QBs in the nation, yet he did. Although he couldn’t get to the National Championship Game, Book provided some of the greatest games and plays in Notre Dame history and left South Bend as the all-time win leader, a stat that should not be taken lightly.