John Heisler | December 27, 2018
Always behave like a duck, keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like the devil underneath.
--late author and Chicago Circuit Court judge Jacob M. Braude
The Ian Book story at Notre Dame has been well-documented:
Became off-the-bench Citrus Bowl hero to end the 2017 season, thanks to a late touchdown pass to Miles Boykin to defeat LSU
Promoted to Irish quarterback starter four games into the 2018 season
Completed 70.4 percent of his passes in 2018, ranking sixth nationally
Finished regular season eighth in NCAA passing efficiency
Named semifinalist for Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award
Played key role in Notre Dame's unbeaten regular season and College Football Playoff berth
That's where the details, especially on a personal level, dissolve to a very slow drip.
Book has been unable to avoid the spotlight completely. His consistent, high-level play turned enough heads to land him on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Presents CFP preview as well as a Lindy's Notre Dame commemorative magazine.
Yet, whether by design or not, the El Dorado Hills, California, product plays it all close to the vest — very close to the vest.
Book came to Notre Dame from Oak Ridge High School, a public school about 20 miles east of Sacramento.
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