Michael Bertsch | December 11, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Junior quarterback Ian Book received the 2018 University of Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player honor tonight at ECHOES | 18 presented by Bank of America.
Book was one of 20 players honored at the 98th Fighting Irish football awards show.
Book, who took the starting reigns in the fourth game of the season, helped the Irish rip off eight consecutive victories. Book finished the regular season completing 70.4% (197 of 280) of his passes with 19 TDs and 2,468 yards. He also rushed 78 times for 250 yards and four TDs. Book ranks sixth and eighth, respectively, in FBS completion percentage and pass efficiency. He became the first FBS signal caller to win his first five starts of a season with a completion percentage over 70% in each game since Russell Wilson at Wisconsin in 2011.
Book's fellow quarterback Brandon Wimbush earned the Next Man In Award. Wimbush earned victories in the first three games of the season, including a lid-lifting win over No. 14 Michigan, before Book took over the starting job. Wimbush returned to spell an injured Book on Senior Night at Notre Dame Stadium, leading the Irish to a 42-13 victory over Florida State. The senior threw for three touchdowns and ran for 68 yards in the rout.
Offensive Player of the Year went to the man on the end of eight touchdown passes from Book and Wimbush, Miles Boykin. The senior receiver totaled 54 catches for 803 yards, both team highs. He had a stretch of six straight games with at least one TD reception, making him the first Irish receiver to accomplish that feat since Will Fuller.
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