All rise and applaud Ian Book standing tall
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All rise and applaud Ian Book standing tall

Notre Dame coaches recruited him despite his lack of height

Photo: Ian Book

Stand up, Doug Flutie and Russell Wilson. No, really, stand up. After all, you two have been the model for short pro-style quarterbacks in college and the NFL.

You should applaud Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly; same with former offensive coordinator Mike Sanford and current Irish OC Chip Long. Kelly and Sanford recruited diminutive quarterback Ian Book. Kelly and Long trusted the redshirt freshman with his first career start in relief of injured starter Brandon Wimbush. ... 


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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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