Notre Dame commit recap: QB Ian Book blows up in opener
Ian Book embraced the pressure.
Suiting up for his first game as a future Notre Dame quarterback, Book welcomed the expectations that come with his college plans.
Book matched any hype thrust on him by completing 30 of his 37 passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns in a 57-55 victory for El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge over Rocklin Whitney.
“There was definitely pressure, but it was fun pressure,” Book said following his season opener. “I liked it a lot. A lot of people knew about it in the crowd and on the field. It was fun. It isn’t something I worry about. It probably made me play a little bit better.”
A new offense also aided Book. Last season, Oak Ridge ran its offense primarily out of the I formation. This year, the Trojans have installed a spread offense. Not only will it prepare Book better for his Notre Dame career, he hopes it becomes a better way to utilize his skills.
Book rushed for 51 yards including an 18-yard scramble for a touchdown. Book has shown the ability to leave the pocket before, but this season he will be featured with a read option.
“The main thing is by the end of the season, I want to be known as a dual-threat quarterback,” Book said. “Last year, I ran a lot but it wasn’t on designed runs. I just had to run. Now we’re running the read option. I’m really excited about it. Being able to pull it and read the defensive end, I did that a few times on Friday night.”
In order to prepare for a bigger physical load, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Book put on nearly 20 pounds since last season.
“I feel a lot more comfortable running the ball,” Book said.
With a new offense, big numbers may come frequently in Book’s senior season.
“I love it. It gives me a lot more options,” Book said. “Putting four receivers out there, I can’t complain at all. I like it a lot, and it really worked in week one.”
Below are highlights of Book's night via Hudl.
Eleven other Notre Dame commits played in games last week. Here’s a rundown on how each fared:
CB Julian Love | La Grange (Ill.) Nazareth Academy 34, Bloomington 6: Love made plays on both sides of the ball in the Nazareth victory. He tallied nine tackles and three tackles for a loss from the secondary. On offense, Love caught three passes for 48 yards and five rushes for 23 yards. He scored on a 15-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion reception. Love had multiple big gains nullified by penalties.
OL Tommy Kraemer | Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder 56, Oak Hills 14: Kraemer was so abusive to the Oak Hills’ defense in a blowout win that he was flagged for unnecessary roughness after blocking his player through the back of the end zone after the whistle. Kraemer added 13 pancake blocks in the game.
DE Julian Okwara | Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell 21, Myers Park 9: Okwara and the Ardrey Kelly defense rebounded after losing in the season opener the previous week. The Knights (1-1) allowed just 32 rushing yards. Okwara added five tackles and one sack to the effort.
OL Parker Boudreaux | Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore 35, Edgewater 7: Boudreaux was knocking down defenders and his teammates were picking up points as Bishop Moore won its season opener. Boudreaux reported eight pancake blocks on the night.
RB Tony Jones Jr. and S Spencer Perry | Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 38, Miramar 14: Both sides of the ball dominated for IMG to start the regular season. Jones was part of an offense that opened up a 38-0 lead at halftime. Perry and the IMG defense didn’t allow a point until the fourth quarter.
The IMG offensive attack came mostly through the air with 200 passing yards. Of the team’s 17 total rushing yards, Jones accounted for 10 of them on three carries including an 11-yard touchdown run. Perry recorded two tackles in the secondary.
DB Jalen Elliott | Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird 31, Meadowbrook 0: Elliott helped lead his team to victory on both sides of the ball in its season opener. From the quarterback position, Elliott completed seven of his 15 passes for 122 yards and one interception. Elliott and the Bird defense completed a shutout.
LS John Shannon | Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy 35, Marquette (Wisc.) 0: Shannon pitched in eight tackles at linebacker as the Loyola defense shutdown Marquette. Shannon also successfully completed snaps on five extra points and one punt.
OL Liam Eichenberg | Cleveland St. Ignatius 63, Normandy 7: Eichenberg and the St. Ignatius offense worked quickly in a runaway victory. Eichenberg was pulled from the game after recording two pancake blocks on the first two scoring drives.
2017 OL Dillan Gibbons | St. Petersburg (Fla.) Northside Christian 40, Lafayette 12: Gibbons helped pave the way to 305 yards for the Northside Christian offense in a blowout win. Gibbons was credited with seven pancake blocks.
DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji | Walled Lake (Mich.) Central 28, Detroit East English Village 50: Ogundeji’s senior season started with a thud on Thursday. A loaded East English Village team overpowered his Walled Lake Central squad. Ogundeji totaled just two tackles while working against offensive tackles Cedric Lattimore and Chauncey Golston, both Iowa commits.
2017 TE Brock Wright | Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair 7, The Woodlands 28: Wright saw limited action in the passing game in a season-opening loss. He caught three passes for 38 yards as the Cy-Fair offense struggled with only 176 total yards (118 rushing and 58 passing).
*Stats reported were provided by the players, coaches or the following news organizations: MaxPreps, The Woodlands Villager, The Pantagraph, Charlotte Observer.
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