NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Notre Dame graduate student quarterback Ian Book has been selected to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List.
The Golden Arm Award is presented annually to the top upperclassman quarterback set to graduate with their class by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation and A. O. Smith.
A two-time team captain, Book is 24-3 (.889) as a starter. This season through four games, Book has completed 58 passes for 714 yards and three touchdowns, adding 126 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground. He has already been named to watch lists for the Maxwell Trophy, O’Brien Award, Manning Award and CFPA National Performer of the Year.
The 2019 Notre Dame Offensive Player of the Year, Book was named to the Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 List three times and the Manning Star of the Week twice last season. He finished the year 240-for-399 with 3,034 yards and 34 touchdowns, throwing just six interceptions. He also ran 112 times for 546 yards and four touchdowns.
With his 2019 performance, Book became the first quarterback in Notre Dame history with at least 2,500 passing yards, 500 rushing yards and 30 TD passes in a season. Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts was the only other FBS quarterback to reach those milestones in 2019. He had five games on the year with four or more passing TDs, the most in a Notre Dame football season, and was the first Irish quarterback ever to have multiple games with five touchdown passes in the same season (vs. New Mexico, Bowling Green and Navy in 2019) — not to mention becoming the first quarterback in Irish history to throw five touchdown passes in a singular half vs. Bowling Green.