Mark Blaudschun

It is part of the lore of being a quarterback at Notre Dame. Not only game-winning drives in the shadows of Touchdown Jesus, but other accolades such as being an All American and a Heisman Trophy candidate.

Ron Powlus was one of those QB's at ND and was saddled with the prediction by the late great college football analyst Beano Cook that he would win not one, but two Heisman Trophies before he was finished playing for the Irish.

Powlus didn't win any Heisman and left ND, remembered more for what was expected of him than he produced.

It is a tough climb.

The last ND QB to win the Heisman was John Huarte in 1964,

although the Irish have turned out quality QBs such as Joe Montana and Joe Theismann.

Which brings us to Ian Book, the current ND starting QB who is finishing up his career in South Bend and has been fairly described by most Irish backers as a "pretty good, but not great'' QB.

Last Saturday against a Virginia Tech team, which came into the game as 17 point underdog against the Irish, Book had his chance.

With a former Heisman winning QB named Doug Flutie watching from the NBC television booth and correctly categorizing the opportunity for the 6-foot, 208 pound Book as a chance to have a defining moment, Book did just that.

With the clock running out and Virginia Tech holding a 20-14 lead, Book took the Irish on an 87 scoring drive, culminating in a gutsy 7 yard TD scamper with 29 seconds remaining. Also included in that march was a 29 yard pass completion on a fourth and 10 situation.

The TD gave Notre Dame a 21-20 victory and was the latest episode of a ND QB waking up the echoes at an Irish football game.

Book won't win the Heisman and ND won't win the national championship, but it was a moment to remember and it earned Book TMG's Newsmaker of The Week Award.


Mark Blaudschun