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.