According to certain college football connoisseurs, this resume belongs to one of the 75 best players in the country:
He completed 138 of 245 passes for 1,254 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions in his rookie season.
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen: Jimmy Clausen has been named to the 2008 Maxwell Award Watch List.
In case your memory needs refreshing, here’s a taste of the stuff that legends are made from.
Don’t forget, that’s all a part of this stellar performance: “Clausen ranks second on Notre Dame’s freshman quarterback single-season lists for completions, attempts, yards and completion percentage.” Jimmy, you did a heckuva job.
The sad thing is, if Notre Dame goes to a bowl game this year, he’s a lock to be a preseason Heisman favorite in ’09.
Today’s factoid comes courtesy of ESPN.com.
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Irish QB Jimmy Clausen has been sacked 15 times in his young career.
If you’d like, you can see a few of his greatest hits on YouTube (with appropriate musical accompaniment):
Charlie Weis has named Jimmy Clausen – true freshman Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame’s starting QB.
That means Jimmy Clausen – recovering from arthroscopic surgery to have a bone spur removed from his throwing elbow Jimmy Clausen – will get his first start against Penn State. On the road.
I’m positive that Charlie Weis will insist that starting Jimmy Clausen – sharing the snaps in fall practice because of elbow surgery and because his head coach wanted to play pointless head games with Georgia Tech and the media Jimmy Clausen – does not mean that the Irish are in a rebuilding mode in 2007.
Sure it doesn’t.
In a mad, crazy world, it’s always comforting to know that there are certain constants – touchstones, if you will – that we can count on in college football.
For instance, it’s reassuring to know that Phil Fulmer retains a certain practical flexibility about player discipline. The “medical advisors” reference is an especially nice touch.
And when Master James Clausen speaks to the assembled multitudes on freshman media day, it’s a certainty that it will reflect the combination of arrogance and BS that is the essence of the Weis era. After all, it’s not as important that you win the big game as long as you can make every one else feel they’re smaller than you. Charlie’s a smart guy – just ask him.
If we are to believe Zach Frazier’s dad, that whole “Jimmy Clausen for Heisman” campaign is being put on hold this year.
“From what we know Sharpley is going to be the guy,” David Frazer told me from his office in Harrisburg, Pa. “Jones will be put in for a few trick plays. Clausen won’t play this year.”
It doesn’t sound like young James’ elbow is the primary reason for that, more the convenient excuse in what is likely to be a less than stellar year in South Bend:
“The way Charlie described it, he doesn’t think he has the passing game this year,” David Frazer said. “He wants somebody to throw it five yards (downfield). They’re going to run it more.
“I think the problem is they thought they were going to get (five-star receiving recruit) Arrelious Benn. With (Jeff) Samardzija and Rhema McKnight gone, they really don’t have go-to receiver types.”
It’s the Zooker’s fault Notre Dame won’t be in a BCS game this year, curse him!
I just wonder what happens if Sharpley screws everything up by having a great season. He’s a junior, after all.
I wonder if he’s emailing the article to other recruits.