SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -Notre Dame freshman Jimmy Clausen will start at quarterback Saturday against Penn State, with the Irish looking to rebound from a season-opening 33-3 loss at home to Georgia Tech.
``I think he gives us the best chance of winning,'' coach Charlie Weis said Tuesday.
Clausen of Westlake Village, Calif., was rated by many as the top high school recruit last year. He entered the opener last weekend as the third-stringer following offseason arm surgery.
Weis said Clausen was the top quarterback after spring practices, but was limited when practice began Aug. 6. He was recovering from the removal of a bone spur from his throwing elbow.
``I'm not going to play a quarterback who can't do everything, so I didn't,'' Weis said.
Weis said Clausen manages the offense best and has the best arm.
``I think he's ready to run the offense,'' Weis said. ``He was always ready mentally, but his arm wasn't full go until last week.''
Weis wouldn't say who will back up Clausen against Penn State.
Notre Dame was held to 130 yards passing against Georgia Tech, ranking them 94th of 113 teams. Clausen played the final two series and was 4-of-6 passing for 34 yards and sacked once.
Demetrius Jones started the game and was 1-of-3 passing for 4 yards against Georgia Tech and ran the ball 12 times for 28 yards. Four of the six drives he led ended in three-and-outs, and he fumbled the ball away on the other two possessions. Evan Sharpley was 10-of-13 passing for 92 yards, but was sacked seven times.
Advertisement

NCAAF Headlines

More inNCAAF News  

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail UCLA vs. Texas A&M Prediction Will this Saturday's college football matchup between UCLA and Texas A&M be high-scoring at 3:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Rutgers vs. Washington Prediction Washington could be a sleeper playoff contender this season but will the Huskies cover such a large spread versus Rutgers at 2:00PM ET on...
Thumbnail Oklahoma vs. Houston Week 1 Pick One of the best matchups on the Week 1 college football schedule has Oklahoma and Houston meeting at NRG Stadium at 12:00PM ET on Saturday.
Thumbnail B. Green vs. Ohio State Prediction The Ohio State Buckeyes hope to have an easy time with Bowling Green on Saturday at Noon ET, but will...
Thumbnail Hawaii vs. Michigan Prediction Will the Michigan Wolverines find themselves having any trouble in their season opener when they host the Hawaii Warriors on Saturday at Noon ET on...
More inNCAAF Articles  

NCAAF Team Pages