Ian Book became the starting quarterback for Notre Dame midway through his freshman season. In three years, he has passed for 8776 yards and 81 touchdowns while leading the Irish to a 12-0 record and a berth in this year’s College Football Playoff Semifinals.

Ian Book was a quarterback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but he is now playing in the NFL. He is a rookie who has been starting for the New Orleans Saints since week 4.

How Good Was New Orleans Saints Rookie Starting Quarterback Ian Book at Notre Dame?

The New Orleans Saints take on the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, with playoff implications abounding. Sean Payton will turn to a fresh face as quarterback after being ravaged by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and injuries. Ian Book will play in the National Football League for the first time. He was a star for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before making it to the league.

But, how excellent was Book at Notre Dame?

Former Notre Dame QB Ian Book playing for the Saints

Former Notre Dame QB Ian Book playing for the Saints Before the game against the Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints quarterback Ian Book looks on | Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Ian Book has yet to play a single action in the NFL during the regular season. When he makes his first career start against the rising Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, that will change.

Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian, both veteran quarterbacks, have tested positive for coronavirus in the last week and will miss the game.

The 23-year-old signal-caller from El Dorado Hills, California, is gearing up for his most important game yet. Naturally, he’s ecstatic about the once-in-a-lifetime chance.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Book told ESPN. “I’m going to be a little buzzed.” I’m not sure how I’m going to feel. I’ve played in major games before, but I believe this is the biggest. Monday Night Football is the name of the game. Since I was a little child, I’ve been a fan of prime-time football. It’s a fantasy.”

During his four years at Notre Dame, the Saints rookie was a four-year starter.

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In the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints picked Ian Book with the 133rd overall choice. At Notre Dame, the rookie quarterback had a good career.

According to 247Sports, Book came to Notre Dame as a three-star recruit out of Oak Ridge High School. He was fourth on Brian Kelly’s depth chart as a freshman, behind DeShone Kizer, Malik Zaire, and Brandon Wimbush. As a consequence, during the 2016 collegiate football season, Book redshirted.

In 2017, Book was the backup quarterback, but in 2018, he took over as the starter. In four seasons at Notre Dame, the California native passed for 8,948 yards, 72 touchdowns, and just 20 interceptions.

The quarterback led the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 record and the program’s first berth in the College Football Playoffs as a junior.

Book was the first player in Notre Dame football history to win 30 games as a starter. His 72 career touchdown throws are tied for second most in program history.

What the experts had to say about the Fighting Irish quarterback

Even though Ian Book was Notre Dame’s all-time winningest starting quarterback, he didn’t project as a top draft choice coming out.

As the NFL Draft approaches in 2021, analysts have different feelings about Book.

  • “Book’s NFL resume isn’t nearly as great; he’s an undersized quarterback who excelled on extending plays outside of structure and depended on some outstanding skill players to win 50/50 footballs for him down the field.” Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network
  • “He’s a good runner and athlete, but he lacks the essential playmaking qualities to make an impact in the NFL.” — Lance Zierlein of NFL.com
  • “Ian Book is just a terrific college quarterback who performs consistently week after week.” — Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN

While some experts were more complimentary than others, the general view was that he had more success in college football than he would in the NFL.

Ian Book has a track record of success. That is undeniably correct. However, it’s worth noting that he didn’t be picked until the fourth round. Book was the Saints’ fourth quarterback option after Jameis Winston’s season-ending injury.

With playoff implications on the line, the Notre Dame graduate has a perfect chance to establish his value at the next level against a top-10 defense.

Pro Football Reference provided all stats.

Tua Tagovailoa and the surging Miami Dolphins are in charge of their own destiny as they make an unlikely run to the NFL playoffs.

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Ian Book made a splash in the NFL draft by being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round. He was picked up as an undrafted free agent and has been getting playing time ever since. How good was he at Notre Dame? Reference: ian book cut.

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