The quarter-back of Irish descent, Ian Book, was the key factor behind the No. 2 Notre Dame holding off the No. 19 North Carolina. The head coach of the Tar Heels, Mack Brown, said that Book was one of the Heisman Trophy contenders.
With a touchdown and 279 passing yards, Notre Dame’s signal caller completed the game. Out of the 33 attempts provided, he successfully completed 23. He flaunted his wheels, too with 46 yards against the North Carolina defense.
Book was very impressive in the other game he played. Recently, he has played amazingly in terms of wins against Clemson and Boston College. In a post-game press conference, Brown was asked to speak about Book. It was at this moment that the North Carolina coach talked of him as the 2020 Heisman Trophy contender.
Brown told that Ian Brook’s performance was magnificent that day. He said it was really hard to tackle him, but they couldn’t do it. They had fielded people around Book and could have had 6 sacks with that amount of people. He proceeded to say that Book played unbelievably on third down. Brown said that Book’s record stands at 29-3. He’s a decent player already but his success in the latest game was phenomenal.
Such praise coming from Brown who coached the likes of Vince Yong and Colt McCoy, is undoubtedly commendable.
This year, if Notre Dame is looking to seek victory against teams such as Clemson and hit the football playoff level, Book needs to intensify his fire. He has managed to accomplish that so far. For 1817 yards, Book completed 62 percent of the passes given to him in Saturday’s game. With 6 touchdowns, he managed to rush the game ball for as long as 364 yards.