Not enough footballs at Notre Dame…

or too many quarterbacks, depending on your point of view.

Another thing that doesn’t seem to be in short supply in South Bend is arrogance:

… Zach Frazer might have something to say about that – and Monday he did.

Asked which of the four competitors was ahead on the Notre Dame quarterback depth chart coach Charlie Weis guards like Bill Belichick’s cell-phone number, Frazer answered without hesitation.

‘In my eyes, I’m No. 1, hands down,’ Frazer said, sitting comfortably in a chair inside Notre Dame’s football auditorium…

…But it would be hard to bring any more pizazz to the position than Jones.He already carries himself like someone accustomed to having everyone watch him, a prerequisite to play quarterback at Notre Dame. On Monday, for example, Jones was the last quarterback to arrive for the media – always keep them waiting – and referred to himself in the third person on two separate occasions.

It’s called presence, and if the timing of the kid from Morgan Park is as good on the field as it is off it, the Irish shouldn’t have to worry about their quarterback adjusting to a big stage.

Jones sat there, with bright red Nikes and ‘ND’ shaved into the back of his hair…

… Whatever Weis decides, Jones promised he would accept it.

But his signature self-assuredness showed when pressed on what role he expected to fill come August.

‘I didn’t come here to be anybody’s sidekick,’ Jones said. ‘If I’m in the top two, it’ll just be another steppingstone in my career here.’

Pretty impressive from a couple of guys who have never started a college football game. I’m just disappointed that Weis muzzles his freshmen, so we can’t hear from Jimmy ‘Heisman Candidate’ Clausen.

You know what they say – leadership starts at the top:

… Weis relished reminding everybody that there will be no news about his top two choices at the position until late May after he reviews film of spring practice.

Even at that point, with Notre Dame Nation awash in anticipation, Weis plans to issue a press release to avoid ‘a dog and pony show.’

If it meant not having to deal with reporters, Weis probably would consider breaking the news by releasing puffs of smoke from a campus chimney.

‘If you’re looking for me to slip [and tell], I’m not slipping,’ Weis said. ‘You’ll be waiting a long time to see me slip.’


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