No. 3 Notre Dame to start quar­ter­back Wim­bush over ail­ing Book

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No. 3 Notre Dame will start quar­ter­back Bran­don Wim­bush against Florida State on Satur­day for Ian Book, who is nurs­ing an undis­closed in­jury, two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Book is not ex­pected to play after tak­ing a hard hit to the back and ribs last week against North­west­ern, ac­cord­ing to the peo­ple who spoke Thurs­day on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause no of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment was made.

Book re­placed Wim­bush as the starter in the fourth game of the sea­son for the Fight­ing Ir­ish (9-0, No. 3 CFP). He is com­plet­ing 74.5 per­cent of his passes, tops in the FBS, for 1,824 yards, with 15 touch­downs and four in­ter­cep­tions. With Book start­ing, the Fight­ing Ir­ish have av­er­aged 38 points per game. They av­er­aged 23.3 in Wim­bush’s three starts. Fresh­man Bryson Wil­liams will take over full time as the starter.

No­table

Auburn: WR Ryan Davis is just one catch away from be­com­ing the Tigers’ ca­reer leader with re­cep­tions. His 152 catches are topped only by Court­ney Tay­lor, who played from 2003-06. Boise State: Bron­cos quar­ter­back Brett Ryp­ien needs 36 yards pass­ing to be­come the Moun­tain West ca­reer leader through the air. Ryp­ien has 12,655 yards pass­ing, trail­ing only San Diego State’s Ryan Lind­ley on the con­fer­ence all-time list. Ryp­ien also needs just five com­ple­tions to pass Lind­ley for the most com­pleted passes in con­fer­ence his­tory. Ryp­ien has 957.

Mi­ami: After a loss to Duke last Satur­day that marked the Hur­ri­canes’ third straight de­feat, Mi­ami coach Mark Richt is go­ing to start red­shirt fresh­man quar­ter­back N’Kosi Perry against Georgia Tech this Satur­day. Perry has played in seven of nine games this sea­son and has started in three of them.

NAM Y. HUH AP

Notre Dame quar­ter­back Bran­don Wim­bush looks to throw against Van­der­bilt on Sept. 15. Two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion say the Ir­ish will start Wim­bush against Florida State on Satur­day for Ian Book, who is nurs­ing an undis­closed in­jury.

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