Ian Book beyond his years
Given the physical nature of football, every player on every roster should always be ready to take the field and make the most of any opportunity. Ian Book is a perfect example.
Only a sophomore, Book was hoping to split time at quarterback for Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado, Calif., this season. But when an injury knocked out the Trojans’ other QB candidate, Book got a chance to play and he’s had a remarkable season. “I got the chance to step up,” he said. “That was kind of the starting point for me.”
In his first game under center, Book completed 15 of 18 passes for 259 yards and 3 touchdowns while leading Oak Ridge to a 38-0 win over Vista del Lago. “Ian had a great game,” Trojans head coach Eric Cavaliere told the Mountain Democrat. “His maturity and his poise are definitely beyond his years with him being a sophomore this year.”
Passing around the credit
Book is one of the few sophomore quarterbacks in the rugged Delta River League, a California power. But he’s calmly led Oak Ridge to a 10-1 record, including an opening round playoff win over Napa H.S. “I just knew our offensive line would do their job, our defense would do their job,” Book said. “Our defense does a great job of getting the offense so many opportunities. I just had so much trust in all of the coaches and all that, so I don’t need to worry about anything but what I needed to do out there.”
The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has passed for over 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. “I’d like to say I can be a dual threat quarterback,” Book said. “But I haven’t needed to run that much this year. If I need to run, I can get to the sideline pretty quick.”
While Book has been playing quarterback for eight years, he wasn’t exactly fond of football when he first started the sport. “It happened to be the first play of my first game, I got hit and crunched into the ground,” Book said. “I just hated football, but I went out the next year and had a pretty good year so I liked it.”
Book started training with NFA and lead Quarterback Coach Will Hewlett last year, and he plans on continuing with NFA through the rest of his high school career. “I really learned a lot and plan on going back and learning more,” Book said.
While he still has playoffs games to deal with as a sophomore and two more years at Oak Ridge, playing college football is already appealing to Book. “I would love to play in college,” he said. “It’s kind of a long ways away, but it’s definitely a goal I have set for myself.”