What should’ve been a considerably easy win for Notre Dame this week just got a little bit harder as sources say Ian Book, their starting QB, has been ruled out against Florida State. Notre Dame has not confirmed this but Matt Freeman over at Irish Sports Daily says Book “suffered multiple injuries to the midsection” after this play against Northwestern last week:
This is a huge blow to the undefeated Fighting Irish, who are currently ranked #3 in the College Football Playoff rankings and looking to remain undefeated. Book did not begin the season as the starting quarterback, but took over in Week 4 after a rocky first three games of the season from Brandon Wimbush. Since then, he has a 74.5% completion percentage, which leads the nation. Book has also thrown for 1,824 yards, 15 touchdowns, and just 4 interceptions. Book’s play has earned him a semi-finalist spot for the Davey O’Brien Award (Best QB) and Maxwell Award (Best Overall Player).
The offense as a whole has gotten a big boost from Book since he started, averaging 491 yards and 38.3 points per game.
Here comes Brandon Wimbush
Wimbush will start after being benched in Week 4. Wimbush struggled in wins against Michigan, Ball State, and Vanderbilt. He threw for 589, one touchdown, and four interceptions. He completed only 55.3% of he pass attempts in those first three games.
If there’s any saving grace in the news of Book’s absence, it’s that Notre Dame plays Florida St in South Bend. In what’s predicted to be just above freezing temps, the Fighting Irish offense will face an abysmal Seminole defense, which has given up 393.7 yards and 30.3 points per game this year.
There is no timetable of when Book will return, but some sources believe he will be ready for the game against 13 Syracuse at Yankee Stadium next Saturday.
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