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Notre Dame starting quarterback Ian Book will miss Saturday’s game against Florida State due to injury, according to multiple media reports,
Book took a tough hit early in the Fighting Irish’s win over Northwestern last Saturday.
“I don’t even know where (it got me). It just kind of knocked the wind out of me, but I’m doing fine,” he said following the game.
It is unclear how long Book will be sidelined.
Book’s ascension to the starting quarterback spot catapulted Notre Dame’s offense. Since being elevated to starter Sept. 22 against Wake Forest, the Irish are averaging 38.8 points a game. This season, Book has completed 74.5 percent of his passes for 1,824 yards and 15 touchdowns, with just four interceptions.
Brandon Wimbush, who started Notre Dame’s first three games, will likely get the nod if Book can’t play.
Wimbush’s struggles with consistency and accuracy led Brian Kelly to make the switch to Book in September. The senior QB completed 55.3 percent of his passes with one touchdown and four interceptions.
Earlier this week, Kelly addressed how Wimbush has adjusted to his role on the sideline.
“He’s got to stay ready. Who knows what happens?,” Kelly said, “He knows he’s one step from going back on the field. Every week we remind him. It’s easy to lose your edge when you’re not starting and he’s fought that.
“We’ve all had those tough conversations. You confront him. You sit him down. It’s usually the follow-up that are more difficult conversations. You have to stay in constant communication. He’s been a great teammate to Ian Book, quite frankly.”
The 9-0 Irish, ranked third in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, face a 4-5 Florida State team that has lost three of its last four games.