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Jimmy Clausen

Clausen on the traditional Notre Dame pre-game team walk to the stadium
Notre Dame Fighting IrishNo. 7
Quarterback Junior
Major: Sociology
Date of birth: September 21, 1987 (1987-09-21) (age 22)
Place of birth: Thousand Oaks, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 222 lb (101 kg)
Career history
High school: Oaks Christian High School,
Westlake Village, California
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at CBS Sportsline.com

James Richard "Jimmy" Clausen (born September 21, 1987, in Thousand Oaks, California[1]) is an American football quarterback. He currently attends the University of Notre Dame in his junior year.[2] On December 7, 2009, Clausen announced his decision to skip his final year at Notre Dame and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[3]

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High school career

Jimmy Clausen wins the 2006 Hall Trophy, January 2007[4]

Clausen had an outstanding prep career at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, California. In 2006, he threw 49 touchdown passes for the season to lead the Lions to their first ever Division III state title. Clausen never lost a football game he started in his prep career (42-0) and also holds California state records for career touchdowns (146). He threw for 10,677 yards in his career at Oaks Christian.[2][5] As a senior Clausen won the 2006 Hall Trophy for the nation's top high school football player and was also named “Offensive Player of the Year” by the USA Today.[6] Clausen was also named the Co Player of the Year, along with USC running back Joe McKnight, by Parade Magazine.[7]

As the younger brother of two former Division I quarterbacks—Casey and Rick Clausen, who both played at Tennessee—Jimmy Clausen gained media attention very early. Beginning in eighth grade, his parents paid his tutelage under professional quarterbacks coach Steve Clarkson.[8] During his junior season, a Sports Illustrated feature dubbed him “The Kid with The Golden Arm”.[9] Recruiting analysts considered him a “once in a decade” quarterback talent and ranked him as the #1 overall prospect of the 2007 high school class.[10] Because of his quick release, some in the media compared him to Joe Namath.[9]

Critics have questioned whether Clausen's success in high school was largely a product of his team—containing almost a dozen players that went on to play for NCAA Division I Bowl Subdivision teams, including a highly-ranked running back, Marc Tyler—and the inferior talent level of its opponents.[11] Many of these critics pointed to the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in which Clausen was outplayed by fellow 2007 quarterback recruit, Ryan Mallett.[12] Further, Clausen's age is a subject of criticism: he started kindergarten at six and repeated sixth grade[9], thus he was 19 years old at the time of his early graduation.[13]

On April 22, 2006, Clausen verbally committed to the University of Notre Dame.[14] He was the most highly touted recruit for the Fighting Irish since the arrival of Ron Powlus in 1993.[15] Clausen announced his oral commitment at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana, after arriving in a stretch Hummer limousine. He also said his goal was to win multiple national titles with the Irish.[16]

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High school awards and honors

College career

Clausen, who graduated from high school one semester early, enrolled at Notre Dame on January 16, 2007.[19] In Notre Dame's only preseason practice open to the media, Clausen threw only a number of short passes, casting some doubt on the strength of his arm after off-season elbow surgery.[20][21]

Following Notre Dame's opening loss to Georgia Tech in the 2007 season, Clausen was named the starting quarterback,[22] but would win only one of his first six starts (against UCLA) and was replaced by backup quarterback Evan Sharpley during Notre Dame's loss to Boston College on October 13, 2007. Citing non-specific injuries to Clausen (who had been sacked 23 times), head coach Charlie Weis named Sharpley as the starting quarterback for Notre Dame's contest against USC on October 20, 2007.[23][24] After sitting out Notre Dame's losses to USC and Navy, Clausen was again named the starter for their contest against Air Force.[25]

Clausen finished his freshman year having completed 56.3% of his passes for 1254 yards, with 7 touchdowns (plus two rushing TDs) and 6 interceptions and a passing efficiency of 103.85, and he was sacked a team-record 34 times.[26]

During his sophomore season, he completed 60.9% of his passes for 3172 yards, 25 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and a 132.5 efficiency rating which places him as the 44th ranked QB in Division 1-A football.[27] He led the Fighting Irish to a 7-6 record, culminating in a 49-21 victory against Hawaii in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl — which ended Notre Dame's NCAA-record nine-game bowl losing streak. Clausen set Notre Dame bowl records with 406 yards passing and five touchdowns and was named the bowl's co-MVP.[28]

In October 2009, Clausen was named midseason All-American by The Sporting News.[29] His finished the season with 3,722 yards passing, a 68.8% completion rate, 161.42 passer rating, 28 touchdowns, and four interceptions.[30]

Clausen was honored several times throughout the 2009 season by the College Football Performance Awards. At the conclusion of the season, he ranked second for the Quarterback Trophy, won by Case Keenum and 7th for the National Performer of the Year Trophy, won by Ryan Mallett.[31]

On Monday, December 7 2009, Clausen declared that he would forgo his senior season at Notre Dame and enter the NFL draft. [32]

Clausen is scheduled to graduate from Notre Dame in May 2010 with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology.[33]

College awards and honors

Professional career

2010 NFL Draft

Clausen announced his intention to enter the 2010 NFL Draft on December 7, 2009.[3] Clausen is expected to be one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft, along with former Heisman Trophy winners Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6′2⅝″ 222 lb 30¾ in. 9 in.
All values from NFL Combine[34]

Personal

Off-the-field incidents

On June 23, 2007, Clausen was cited for illegal transportation of alcohol in South Bend, Indiana. He was driving someone who was of legal drinking age to a liquor store to buy alcohol. According to published reports, Clausen entered a pre-trial diversion program which erased the citation since he stayed out of trouble for the following 12 months.[35]

On November 22, 2009, Clausen was involved in an altercation outside of a South Bend pub. Sources indicate that Clausen was there with family and teammates following the team's senior day loss to Connecticut. It was reported that upon his departure, Clausen was punched in the face outside of the pub. A South Bend Police Department spokesperson stated that no police report was filed over that weekend involving Clausen. Reports indicate that Clausen was left with a black eye.[36] A later report of this incident indicated that the other subject involved in this incident allegedly shoved Clausen's girlfriend. It was reported that Clausen then shoved the subject away prior to Clausen being punched.[37]

References

  1. ^ Player Bio at the Official Athletic Site of the University of Notre Dame
  2. ^ a b DiPrimio, Pete (January 5, 2007). "Notre Dame future starts with new quarterback". Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/sports/16390634.htm. 
  3. ^ a b Friend, Tom (December 7, 2009), "Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen decides to enter draft", ESPN, http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4721703 
  4. ^ Army All Americans Recognized
  5. ^ Player Bio: Jimmy Clausen :: Football
  6. ^ "All-USA players and coach of the year". USA Today. January 12, 2007. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/football/2006-12-26-player-coach-of-the-year_x.htm. 
  7. ^ "Clausen Parade Co-Player of the Year, Kamara Parada All American". UHND.com. February 4, 2007. http://www.uhnd.com/blog/2007/notre-dame-football/clausen-parade-co-player-of-the-year-kamara-parada-all-american/. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  8. ^ "The high price of grooming kids for stardom". USA Today. July 26, 2002. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2002-07-26-acover-coaches_x.htm. 
  9. ^ a b c Anderson, Kelli (November 28, 2005). "The Kid with the Golden Arm". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/magazine/11/21/clausen1128/. 
  10. ^ Rivals.com Rivals100 of 2007
  11. ^ Evans, Thayer (January 6, 2007). "For Record-Setting Recruit, Full-Throated Praise and Whispered Doubts". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/06/sports/ncaafootball/06clausen.html. 
  12. ^ Avery, Louie (January 7, 2007). "Mallett Shines Against Nation's Best Players". Texarkana Gazette. http://www.texarkanagazette.com/articles/2007/01/07/local_news/sports/sports03.txt. 
  13. ^ "Clausen just one part of talented Westlake team that seeks another title". USA Today. 2006-08-25. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/football/2006-08-23-clausen-westlake_x.htm. 
  14. ^ Friend, Tom (April 21, 2006). "Third in prized Clausen clan to verbally commit to Irish". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/news/story?id=2416943. 
  15. ^ "Jimmy Clausen Commits to Notre Dame". UHND.com. April 24, 2006. http://www.uhnd.com/articles/2006/recruiting/jimmy-clausen-commits-to-notre-dame/. 
  16. ^ http://www.collegefootball.org/news.php?id=844
  17. ^ "Randle among finalists for national award". http://www.bastropenterprise.com/sports/x1196580356/Randle-among-finalists-for-national-award. 
  18. ^ "All-USA players and coach of the year". http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/football/2006-12-26-player-coach-of-the-year_x.htm. 
  19. ^ "Clausen enrolls at Notre Dame". Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. January 17, 2007. http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/16479571.htm. 
  20. ^ McClure, Vaugn (March 20, 2007). "Arm injury clouds Clausen's spring status". Chicago Sun Times. http://www.suntimes.com/sports/colleges/304274,CST-SPT-nd20.article. 
  21. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (August 6, 2007). "Weis using doubters as motivation for Irish". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2963932. 
  22. ^ "Clausen gets starting nod at QB against Penn State". ESPN.com. September 4, 2007. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3003938. 
  23. ^ "Notre Dame to start Sharpley at QB vs. USC". Yahoo Sports. October 16, 2007. http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/news;_ylt=ApaPAn6R2cin2qKwlnLW54K.1LYF?slug=ap-notredameqbs&prov=ap&type=lgns. 
  24. ^ "Eagles Take Fight Out of Irish". Boston Globe. October 14, 2007. http://www.boston.com/sports/articles/2007/10/14/eagles_take_fight_out_of_irish/. 
  25. ^ Coyne, Tom (November 8, 2007). "Weis: Clausen back as Notre Dame QB because of zip, accuracy". AP (Yahoo Sports). http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/news;_ylt=Agm4bcUidzUUyXaGC1O3..AcvrYF?slug=ap-notredameqbs&prov=ap&type=lgns. 
  26. ^ "NCAA Statistics by Category". Yahoo Sports. October 16, 2007. http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/stats/bycategory?cat=Passing&conference=I-A_ia. 
  27. ^ "Notre Dame Cumulative Season Statistics". und.com. January 12, 2009. http://und.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2008-2009/teamcume.html. 
  28. ^ "Irish Dominate All Phases En Route To Hawai'i Bowl Win". und.com. December 24, 2008. http://und.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/122508aac.html. 
  29. ^ "SN's midseason All-Americans: Offense", Sporting News, October 20, 2009, http://www.sportingnews.com/college-football/article/2009-10-20/sns-midseason-all-americans-offense 
  30. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=231813
  31. ^ http://issueswire.com/releases/2010/01/prweb3429714.htm
  32. ^ Clause to Enter NFL Draft, December 7, 2009, http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4721703 
  33. ^ http://www.und.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/120409aab.html
  34. ^ "Jimmy Clausen Combine Profile", NFL.com, http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/jimmy-clausen?id=497108, retrieved February 27, 2010 .
  35. ^ "SBT: Clausen Cited for Transporting Alcohol", UHND.com, August 17, 2007, http://www.uhnd.com/blog/2007/notre-dame-football/sbt-clausen-cited-for-transporting-alcohol/ 
  36. ^ "Source: Clausen punched by irate fan", ESPN.com, November 24, 2009, http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/ncf/news/story?id=4684326 
  37. ^ "Report: Clausen pushed puncher before altercation", Chicago Breaking Sports, November 24, 2009, http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2009/11/report-girlfriend-pushed-jimmy-clausen-shoves-puncher-before-altercation.html 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Demetrius Jones
Notre Dame starting quarterbacks
2007 w/ Evan Sharpley
Succeeded by
TBD

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