NOTRE DAME, Ind. (WNDU) Starting Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book won't play in Saturday's game against Florida State after suffering multiple injuries in the game against Northwestern, according to the Observer, the student newspaper from Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College. Brandon Wimbush is expected to start against the 4-5 Seminoles.
The junior QB got hit while scrambling in the first quarter against the Wildcats. He got up and appeared to be in pain, but remained in the game and went on to throw two touchdowns and run for another to seal the win.
Head Coach Brian Kelly confirmed Book won't play in Saturday's game in an exclusive interview with the Observer.
After the game, Book said he just got the wind knocked out of him and felt "fine."
In a news conference Thursday, Kelly admitted that backup QB Brandon Wimbush took the majority of first-team reps in practice, and added that true freshman QB Phil Jurkovec got more reps than usual as well.
Wimbush started the first three games of the season, leading Notre Dame to a 3-0 record, including a big win over Michigan, who is now ranked 4th in the country. He struggled though in wins over Ball State and Vanderbilt, and with the offense in a funk, Kelly made the switch to Book and hasn't looked back.
Now, though, Wimbush is expected to make his 4th start of the season after sitting on the bench for the last six games. Kelly said the team is fully confident in Wimbush leading them, if he is called upon.
"To have a guy like that, that first of all our players really respect, and we're excited if he has the opportunity to play, they'll rally around him," Kelly said. "But he doesn't have to come in if he has to play, and go win the football game. We've got some pretty good pieces. We've got a pretty good defense. If he's called upon, he'll do a great job, he's prepared himself."
The 9-0 Irish moved up to No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings after beating Northwestern 31-21 on Saturday.