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    Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB
    by VanRam on Nov 24, 2009 3:58 PM CST in 2010 NFL Draft 35 comments

    Ok, with Bulger's tibia fracture barely days old and the (likely) end of his career with the St. Louis Rams, it's time to start talking QB of the future. Not that we haven't been talking about that since the last draft, but such chatter earned a new lease on life with Bulger's injury.

    Carneros got it started yesterday with this post, and I'm going to feed the fire some more today. First, a quick review of the Rams QB options moving forward. Boil it down to the essence, and the Rams have three options at QB for 2010: 1) sign a free agent (personally, I like Jason Campbell if they go this route), 2) draft a QB or 3) keep one of the in-house options, Bulger (if he can return) or Boller. Note that 2 and 3 are not mutually exclusive.

    And now, I submit for your consideration Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen.

    With Sam Bradford on the mend, Clausen is racing to the top of draft boards, at least among QBs. I think he'll be the first QB taken in the draft. I guess we'll have to see how much fan damage he incurred on a punch to the face this weekend. Will the Rams take him? Should the Rams take him?

    Why Clausen?

    Let's start with the stats, more specifically, the stats that can tell us something about success at the next level. According to the Lewin Career Forecast, the two most important things to look at when trying to gauge NFL success are a QBs career starts and completion percentage.

    Clausen's a junior this year. He took over starting duties early in his freshman year, true freshman year, and ended up starting in nine games, and started every game in two seasons since then. For his college career, he has a 62.2 percent completion rate, a stunning 67.3 percent this season.

    His TD to INT ratio of 23-4 speaks to his accuracy as a QB.

    One thing I like about him is his ability to find receivers and create plays where others cannot. That's something the Rams have really been missing. Yes, St. Louis lacks the established talent at WR, but after watching this season of west coast offense move forward in fits and starts, it would be wise to have a QB that could find receivers or even go through the reads.

    I'm not qualified to judge much about college players, especially the "intangibles". Talk of Clausen's acumen for the game, ability to read defenses and assuredness resonate for a long suffering fan of this team. Here are a couple of scouting reports from FFToolbox and Walter Football.

    As a junior, there's still no gaurantee that Clausen will declare for the draft this year. I'd be pretty shocked if he didn't given the fact that his stock is skyrocketing. In fact, with Bradford unlikely to be ready for the Combine, I wonder if Clausen does separate himself from the rest of the QB class enough to make teams seriously consider a trade up to into the top five. Those kind of moves are getting rarer lately, but anything can happen once the hype machine kicks into high gear.

    Oh, and he plays in a West Coast style offense at Notre Dame. He fits the bill for the Rams in that sense and seems to pass Spagnuolo's four pillars test.

    Is this an official endorsement? No, I'm not ready to commit to that just yet. I still think Clausen is a guy to keep your eye on if the Rams do opt for a QB with their top pick in the draft.
    :ramlogo:

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    Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

    From what I've been able to gather so far, if the Rams go QB with their frist pick, it's Clausen all the way.

    Bradford is too questionable with his post-surgical shoulder and Jake Locker, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow?...Please.

    I've just voted for Ndamakong Suh on Av's poll but I am going to keep an open mind about Mr. Clausen.
    Heh...hard to believe but I think I just spelled Mr. Suh's first name correctly?

    Yep it's going to be a good day....

    WHAT SAY YE?

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    • #3
      Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

      How can you say it's Clausen when Billy D says they won't start looking at any prospects from any position until after the season is over?

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      • #4
        Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

        I don't think any of the QB's coming out this year are worthy of the top 5 picks of the draft. Clausen's only attribute over McCoy or Tebow really is the fact he plays in a West Coast Offense. So what? He was in the shotgun quite a bit against UConn. He can't beat Navy. He can't make the big play when it's needed. Sure he's accurate but he's accurate playing one pansy team after another and still goes 6-5.

        Suh is the pick, or should be.

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        • #5
          Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

          Originally posted by txramsfan View Post
          I don't think any of the QB's coming out this year are worthy of the top 5 picks of the draft. Clausen's only attribute over McCoy or Tebow really is the fact he plays in a West Coast Offense. So what? He was in the shotgun quite a bit against UConn. He can't beat Navy. He can't make the big play when it's needed. Sure he's accurate but he's accurate playing one pansy team after another and still goes 6-5.

          Suh is the pick, or should be.
          Only attribute west coast offense really? How about the fact that he has more 4th quarter comebacks than both combined. How is that not making the big play? His junior year he has had more comebacks than Matty Ice did his Senior year at Boston College. How about the fact that he has a stronger arm than Teebow and McCoy. How about the fact that he has thrown the same amount of INTs as Teebow in about 170 more attempts. How about How about the fact that he has the worst line in the bunch. McCoy is in the shotgun all the time and most of the time he is just throwing the short stuff with high completion rate. Claussen has great pocket awareness. McCoy and Teebow make plays with there feat under pressure, but Claussen under pressure keeps the play alive and makes the right throws down field without forcing it and throwing INTs. Colt McCoy hasn't played a good defense all year. His toughest test was an Oklahoma team without Sam Bradford. He had his worst game of the year throwing for an abysmal 127 yards along with a pick. Jimmy Claussen plays like that ND is geting betting by 65. Claussen has at least played USC and was one slipping WR from getting another miraculous 4th quarter comeback again. He also played Pits tough defense. How did he do those 2 games 5 total TDs and 1 interception.Is it his fault Notre Dames defense is horrible while he is leading a top ten college Offense. Give Claussen Teebow or even McCoys defense and there is no way he going 6-5. IMO they are all great leaders and tough Kids. Florida and Texas great programs in the National spotlight, but can you really say they face more pressure than the starting QB of Notre Dame? he has his own network for Pete sake. He is pro ready and it is proven guys in Pro style offense and with good intangibles are more ready to step in and play. Look at Matt Ryan who played with less than elite talent WCO and that really prepared him for the grind of the NFL. Even though Ryan was senior they both have about the same amount of attempts.

          Well anyways IMO Jimmy Claussen is a top 5 pick and he has all the attributes you look for in a Franchise QB.

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          • #6
            Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

            Well, when your only stiff competition is USC and you usually get waxed doesn't really bode well in my book. Clausen is overrated as far as I am concerned. However, to you he isn't.

            Aren't message boards great?



            Honestly 39, you make very valid points however I will have to say that most of the ND pressure is overrated. I went to the Washington State game because it was in San Antonio but the only time I have really sat down and watched ND play this year the full game on tv is UConn. Most people in this part of the state haven't watched ND at all. They are up against the SEC and Big 12 viewing and it's not compelling to watch ND play Purdue when you have LSU v Alabama on. The pressure at ND is way overrated. It isn't the same as it was in the 70's and 80's. Yes, McCoy didn't have a good game against Oklahoma but I would say he led them to a win is very significant.

            When it comes down to it, no one realllllllly knows what will happen to these guys and personally I hope most succeed. Word has it Tebow is sort of a prima donna that's why McCoy and Bradford bonded so well last year in NYC. They were snubbed by Tebow.
            Last edited by txramsfan; -11-25-2009, 02:05 PM.

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            • #7
              Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

              Originally posted by txramsfan View Post
              Well, when your only stiff competition is USC and you usually get waxed doesn't really bode well in my book. Clausen is overrated as far as I am concerned. However, to you he isn't.

              Aren't message boards great?



              Honestly 39, you make very valid points however I will have to say that most of the ND pressure is overrated. I went to the Washington State game because it was in San Antonio but the only time I have really sat down and watched ND play this year the full game on tv is UConn. Most people in this part of the state haven't watched ND at all. They are up against the SEC and Big 12 viewing and it's not compelling to watch ND play Purdue when you have LSU v Alabama on. The pressure at ND is way overrated. It isn't the same as it was in the 70's and 80's. Yes, McCoy didn't have a good game against Oklahoma but I would say he led them to a win is very significant.

              When it comes down to it, no one realllllllly knows what will happen to these guys and personally I hope most succeed. Word has it Tebow is sort of a prima donna that's why McCoy and Bradford bonded so well last year in NYC. They were snubbed by Tebow.
              I like Claussen, but living in Connecticut I couldn't root for him and I'm kind of glad he lost. Anyways you should watch more of Claussen Washington state stinks I don't think he even played the whole game. Overrated we will agree to disagree there.

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              • #8
                Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

                Claussen and PIke (on TV NOw) are pro QB's .

                McCoy and Locker don't have the same "pro" type qualities

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                • #9
                  Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

                  Originally posted by richtree View Post
                  Claussen and PIke (on TV NOw) are pro QB's .

                  McCoy and Locker don't have the same "pro" type qualities
                  how can you say that confidently when both Pike and McCoy play in the Spread and we can't really see how well they would adjust to a pro style offense like the one Clausen or Locker play in.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

                    Pike has size and a strong arm. McCoy is not strong armed and he is accurate but he is more like Rex Grossman.

                    Sanchez is the better version of McCoy and he can't succed in year one, no way McCoy can.

                    Pike is big and I think his stock will rise and he will end up in top 15 picks.

                    Claussen and Bradford have Nfl qualities of pocket pressence, arm strenght, and accuracy.

                    Locker is slipping every game. He seems to be more of a athelete that runs the ball and depends less on his QB/displine skills.

                    Locker is gonna be a bust.
                    No Question.

                    He is more like Teabow a great college QB that can sit and chuck it in the big leagues.

                    Am I missing something?

                    I think if the Rams were playing in the superbowl and I had to choose a QB this would be the ranks.


                    1. Classen
                    2. Pike (could be 1)
                    3. Bradford (healthy, could be higher)

                    4. McCoy (distance from top 3)
                    5. Not Locker

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                    • #11
                      Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

                      Originally posted by richtree View Post
                      Pike has size and a strong arm.
                      Not too sure about this one. Pike has height, sure. But he doesn't have great bulk for his 6'6" frame, and my impression from watching him in the Big East (remember, WVU alum here) is that his arm isn't particularly strong.

                      Originally posted by richtree View Post
                      McCoy is not strong armed and he is accurate but he is more like Rex Grossman.
                      I agree McCoy doesn't have a great arm, and I think his accuracy is inflated to some degree through the system. I wouldn't consider him in the first round, at this point. If he's there in the second, I think you have to take a look. I'm quite interested to see how he throws at the Senior Bowl and Combine.

                      Originally posted by richtree View Post
                      Sanchez is the better version of McCoy and he can't succed in year one, no way McCoy can.
                      I don't think the Jets drafted Sanchez simply for Year One, nor would the Rams draft a QB just for Year One success. The idea behind drafting a franchise quarterback is sustained success over a many seasons.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

                        Originally posted by 39thebeast View Post
                        Only attribute west coast offense really? How about the fact that he has more 4th quarter comebacks than both combined. How is that not making the big play? His junior year he has had more comebacks than Matty Ice did his Senior year at Boston College. How about the fact that he has a stronger arm than Teebow and McCoy. How about the fact that he has thrown the same amount of INTs as Teebow in about 170 more attempts. How about How about the fact that he has the worst line in the bunch. McCoy is in the shotgun all the time and most of the time he is just throwing the short stuff with high completion rate. Claussen has great pocket awareness. McCoy and Teebow make plays with there feat under pressure, but Claussen under pressure keeps the play alive and makes the right throws down field without forcing it and throwing INTs. Colt McCoy hasn't played a good defense all year. His toughest test was an Oklahoma team without Sam Bradford. He had his worst game of the year throwing for an abysmal 127 yards along with a pick. Jimmy Claussen plays like that ND is geting betting by 65. Claussen has at least played USC and was one slipping WR from getting another miraculous 4th quarter comeback again. He also played Pits tough defense. How did he do those 2 games 5 total TDs and 1 interception.Is it his fault Notre Dames defense is horrible while he is leading a top ten college Offense. Give Claussen Teebow or even McCoys defense and there is no way he going 6-5. IMO they are all great leaders and tough Kids. Florida and Texas great programs in the National spotlight, but can you really say they face more pressure than the starting QB of Notre Dame? he has his own network for Pete sake. He is pro ready and it is proven guys in Pro style offense and with good intangibles are more ready to step in and play. Look at Matt Ryan who played with less than elite talent WCO and that really prepared him for the grind of the NFL. Even though Ryan was senior they both have about the same amount of attempts.

                        Well anyways IMO Jimmy Claussen is a top 5 pick and he has all the attributes you look for in a Franchise QB.
                        Considering how highly ranked Notre Dame's recruiting classes are, lack of talent is NEVER an excuse for a career losing record as a starter.

                        Having 4th Quarter comebacks are nice. Needing to stage a 4th Quarter comeback to defeat teams like Purdue raises alarming red flags.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

                          I got news for you Billy D from what I saw sunday in this years version of the rams this season is over. Bill D get a reality check, start evaluating talent for the upcoming draft now.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

                            Thankyou for posting this Eld, besides reading this haven't even looked or thought about any draft picks for the Rams just yet but by reading and watching Clausen I think right now he would be a leading canidate for my vote but just now is to early to be certain like you said, good thing we are more than likely going to be drafting the beginning of this draft again to possibly maybe take our successful franchise QB of the Future

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                            • #15
                              Re: Considering Clausen for the Rams next QB

                              Pike - barely beating out a freshman. That concerns me greatly.

                              McCoy would benefit from having a year to mentor. To me he's FAR more like Drew Brees than Mark Sanchez. I can't even see how those compare really. Compare the scouting reports coming out for both McCoy and Brees, they are virtually identical. Neither can throw the deep ball but both excel at throwing short and intermediate routes with great accuracy and have enough scrambling ability and pocket presence to avoid sacks. Both lack size but make up for it on the field.

                              Locker supporters have a list of excuses why he isn't playing well and they list a strong arm and speed at running as his best attributes. Problems are that his speed isn't avoiding sacks (it's well documented he's horrible in the pocket at avoiding pressure) and his strong arm throws a hell of a lot of interceptions.

                              Bradford has size, accuracy, enough arm strength and finds the open man. His primary problem is health and he's supposed to be 100% by the combine. He voluntarily took the surgical route to make sure it wasn't a chronic problem.

                              Clausen = Bradford without the maturity. I'm worried about Clausen's lack of maturity and decision making OFF the field. Other than that, on the field there is very little to question about his play.

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                              • AvengerRam_old
                                What I'm looking for in a franchise QB
                                by AvengerRam_old
                                Taking a franchise QB prospect in the top 10 picks of the draft is a daunting task. Will you end up with the next Matt Ryan/Joe Flacco, or the next Alex Smith/Jamarcus Russell?

                                There will never be a pefect formula for this, and if there were, I doubt I'd be the one to discover it, but for what its worth, here are the things I'm looking for:

                                1. MPTs (Minimum Physical Traits)
                                Top QBs don't all come in the same shape and size, but I do think there are a few minimum traits that, if lacked, will doom a QB to no better than mediocrity. They are: arm strength, physical bulk, and "pocket footwork."

                                Arm strength refers to the ability to get the ball out and to a receiver quickly. It is a function of two factors: (1) release speed and (2) velocity. One factor can compensate for another, but the best QBs have both.

                                Physical bulk, I believe, is more important than height. I'd rather have a well-built 6'1 QB, than a 6'6 string-bean. Otherwise, an injury-filled career is too big a risk.

                                Finally, "pocket footwork" is, in my opinion, far more important than running ability. Give me a guy who knows how to step-up, side-step and roll out over a guy who can take off and run for first downs.

                                2. Contagious Confidence
                                People often mistakenly mistake brashness or vocal presence for leadership. To me, its more a question of a guy who displays confidence in his demeanor, what he says, and how he plays when the chips are down. Give me a guy who can throw 3 interceptions in the first half, shrug it off, and throw for 3 TDs in the second half.

                                3. Unaided College Productivity
                                Combines and workouts serve a purpose, nothing compares to productivity in game conditions. There's a caveat, though... beware of "aided" productivity. A college QB who racks up great stats in a non-pro style offense, against outmatched competition, or through "all-purpose" yardage will rarely be able to duplicate their productivity when they reach the NFL. You also have to throw out won/loss percentage, to a large extent. There are simply too many great college teams that merely carry their QB along for the ride. I'd rather have a smaller-school guy who plays in a pro-style offense and puts up great stats against teams with similar talent on the roster.

                                So... how do I evaluate the top current prospects for the 2010 draft?

                                Well, in terms of MPTs, I look at Locker and Clausen as the top prospects. McCoy and Bradford have some "bulk" issues that concern me, though in Bradford's case, his fragility may be overstated. In terms of footwork, I'd give McCoy the highest grade (though I'm not sure I've seen any college QB with better footwork than FSU's Christian Ponder).

                                In terms of "contagious confidence," my subjective viewpoint is that McCoy and Clausen receive high marks....
                                -10-27-2009, 03:30 PM
                              • Varg6
                                Real Speculation Begins on Clausen...
                                by Varg6
                                Per ESPN.com *Rumor Central*

                                For over a week, we've been speculating on which NFL team would draft Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen if he went pro. Take the "if" out of that equation now, because ESPN.com's Joe Schad is reporting that Clausen will declare for the draft. So was he pushed in that direction by some unruly fans? We got word from ESPN.com's Joe Schad on Tuesday that Clausen was decked in the face by a surly Notre Dame fan on Sunday morning. It certainly didn't help keep him in school.

                                Clausen is one of the more intriguing names on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board, and some analysts think he could be the first QB drafted this April.

                                Here was Kiper last week on the teams that might be interested in the gunslinger:

                                Mel's take-

                                "Leaving all the coaching chatter aside, which could obviously affect his decision, Clausen could certainly be the top quarterback taken. I think he's certainly capable of going in the top 10 or 12, and remember, St. Louis might want a quarterback, Washington might want a quarterback, we're not sure if Oakland will draft one, but they're another team with a problem at the position. The struggles at Notre Dame you can't put on Clausen. He's been battered, particularly early on. But he can play the position and personnel people know it. Comparing him and [UW's Jake] Locker, for instance, Clausen is far more refined at this stage."

                                ----

                                The reason I posted this was because of that one sentence in Mel's quote about personnel people. It'll certainly be interesting to see what we do in the upcoming draft.
                                -11-26-2009, 10:44 AM
                              • shower beers
                                Clausen to enter draft
                                by shower beers
                                I'm sure this excites a lot of you here...


                                per ESPN:

                                Jimmy Clausen enrolled at Notre Dame to learn about the NFL. Looks like he's learned enough.
                                Following the advice of deposed Irish coach Charlie Weis, Clausen has decided to forgo his senior season and enter this April's draft. Rated as perhaps the top quarterback in this year's class, he is believed to be coveted by St. Louis, Cleveland and Washington -- three teams that will conceivably pick in the top 5.

                                Coach Weis told me whether he was going to be here or not be here, it was time for me to go. He thought I've improved so much since I came to Notre Dame. So, I'm taking his advice, and I'm going to head out.
                                -- Jimmy Clausen
                                "After the season, in talking to my parents and obviously Coach Weis, I just feel it's the right time,'' Clausen told ESPN.com on Monday before a scheduled 2 p.m. ET news conference in South Bend. "Coach Weis told me whether he was going to be here or not be here, it was time for me to go. He thought I've improved so much since I came to Notre Dame. So, I'm taking his advice, and I'm going to head out.''


                                The consensus No 1 high school recruit in the country three years ago, Clausen chose Notre Dame over USC solely because of Weis' NFL pedigree. Weis -- who tutored both Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe in New England -- assured Clausen he would prepare him best for the pro game, and Clausen rewarded the coach with a spectacular junior season.


                                He completed 68 percent of his passes, and threw 28 touchdowns with only four interceptions -- three of which were tipped. Weis has told NFL scouts that Clausen "didn't miss a read all year," and particularly raved about his accuracy and personal growth.


                                As a freshman, coming off of elbow surgery, Clausen weighed only 190 pounds and played behind a porous offensive line. He was vilified during that year's 3-9 season, but bounced back as a sophomore to lead Notre Dame to its first bowl victory since 1994 (over Hawaii). In the offseason before his junior year, he invited several Irish receivers to his home in Westlake Village, Calif., and the bonding experience paid off. He was picked as a team captain, and ended up throwing 24 of his touchdowns to wide receivers Golden Tate and Michael Floyd.



                                The Irish slumped to a 6-6 finish, and Clausen was sucker-punched by a fan outside of a South Bend bar after a devastating overtime loss to Connecticut. But six days later, he threw for 340 yards and five touchdowns at Stanford, and his ability to persevere is why several general managers, who have requested anonymity, believe he is the most NFL-ready quarterback in this year's draft. They say he's already mastered an NFL offense, has already been subjected to a leaky offensive line and has already been part of a rebuilding process. They like that he played his entire college career...
                                -12-07-2009, 09:24 AM
                              • npow81
                                If Clausen Didn't Play for Notre Dame...
                                by npow81
                                I don't think he would be regarded as a first round talent.

                                I think its remarkable how much different people view qbs depending on who they play for. Which is relevant only to the level of competition they play against and who they actually play for (and NDs schedule really isn't anything to shout about aside from SC and maybe BC)

                                I think this is especially true for ND, considering they are on TV virtually every week.

                                While I think Clausen has talent, I think his issues (pocket presence, delivery, lack of winning, etc.) should raise some questions enough that he shouldn't be in the first round.

                                Frankly I don't regard him as anymore than a second rounder (which gauging by some of yours love for him I sure you will disagree)

                                I guess you can put it this way, if Tony Pike or Dan Lefevour played for ND would they be regarded as first rounders?

                                In my mind they are near the same level, so the stark contrast in perceived value makes me wonder...is this the case

                                (If you don't think so, what are the qualities in Clausen that differeniate him...because I don't see it.)
                                -02-17-2010, 09:57 PM
                              • shower beers
                                Jimmy Clausen the best NFL-ready junior quarterback in league history
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                                Posted Dec. 29, 2009

                                Junior Quarterbacks - Jimmy Clausen

                                I bet you never thought in the past month that Notre Dame junior quarterback Jimmy Clausen is one of the most underappreciated quarterback prospects in the history of the NFL Draft. But after reading this blog entry, you just might change your mind.

                                First, I am going to tell you why you might not like Clausen, and let's be real here, there is a lot of bias against him. Some criticism is warranted, but a lot isn't.

                                Notre Dame is the most hated football program in America, period. They are the Duke of the gridiron. Automatically, you hate Clausen because he went to Notre Dame, just like you hated J.J. Reddick because he went to Duke. If you want to make an analysis as objective and professional as possible, then you need to cut the crap and get over the Notre Dame hate if you have it - and a lot of that is out there. Think about it: if you put Sanchez on Notre Dame and Jimmy Clausen at USC, then Sanchez is the hated prospect and Clausen is the beloved underclassman.

                                Maybe you don't like Clausen because of the blond, spiky hair, or the limo appearance he had when he was a senior in high school to declare for Notre Dame. These aren't "low profile" characteristics and automatically, you might have disliked him.

                                For whatever reasons you're down on Clausen, please put them in the back seat and have an open mind when reading this blog entry.

                                Clausen just amassed one of the most impressive junior seasons among pro-style quarterbacks in the past 10-20 years.

                                Let's remember that Clausen had a very bad offensive line this year for Notre Dame. Sure, he had good weapons, but the running game was poor and receivers Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph missed significant action (eight games missed total between them).

                                When Floyd went out, Clausen stepped up. With a bum turf toe, he didn't play at all in the second half and led the team to a game-winning drive to beat Purdue. The following week, he posted 422 passing yards against Washington. Over the next three games (USC, Boston College, Washinton State), Clausen threw for 774 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions....
                                -03-08-2010, 09:19 AM
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