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Encyclopedia > Jimmy Clausen
Jimmy Clausen
Jimmy Clausen wins the US Army's All-American award, January 2007[1]
College Notre Dame
Conference 1A - Independent
Sport Football
Position QB
Jersey # 7
Class Freshman
Career 2007 – present
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg)
Nationality Flag of the United States United States
Born September 21, 1987 (1987-09-21) (age 20)
Flag of California Thousand Oaks, CA
High school Oaks Christian HS,
Westlake Village, CA
Career highlights
Awards
2006 Hall Trophy
2006 USA Today Offensive Player of the Year

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High school career

Clausen had an outstanding prep career at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, California. In 2006, he lead the Oaks Christian Lions to its third straight Division III state title, throwing 49 touchdown passes for the season. Clausen never lost a football game he started in his prep career (42-0) and also holds California state records for career touchdowns (144). He threw for 10,677 yards in his career at Oaks Christian.[3] 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.[4] Clausen was also named the Co Player of the Year, along with USC running back Joe McKnight, by Parade Magazine.[5] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Location of Westlake Village in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country United States of America State California County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1981-12-11 [2] Government  - Mayor Susan McSweeney [1] Area  - City  5. ... The California Interscholastic Federation (abbreviated CIF) is the governing body for high school sports in the state of California. ... The Hall Trophy (actually the Ball Park National High School Player of the Year Award) has been awarded annually since 2001 to the most outstanding high school football player in the United States, comparable to the Heisman Trophy for collegiate football players. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ... Joe McKnight (born 1988 in Louisiana) is an American football tailback. ...


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. During his junior season, a Sports Illustrated feature dubbed him “The Kid with The Golden Arm”.[6] 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.[7] Because of his quick release, some in the media compared him to Joe Namath.[6] Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Casey Clausen (born January 9, 1981) is a former American football player who played college football for the University of Tennessee. ... Richard James Clausen (born June 29, 1982) is a former American football player who played college football for the University of Tennessee. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Joseph William Namath (born May 31, 1943), also known as Broadway Joe, was an American football Hall of Fame quarterback in the American Football League and National Football League during the 1960s and 1970s. ...


Critics have questioned whether Clausen's success in high school was largely a product of his team – containing almost a dozen players expected 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.[8] 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.[9] Further Clausen's age is a subject of criticism: he started kindergarten at six and repeated sixth grade, thus was 19½ years old on his graduation day.[6] The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ... Marc Tyler is an American football running back. ... The U.S. Army All-American Bowl showcases the best high school football players in the country who show great physical strength on the field and mental strength in the classroom. ... Ryan Mallett (born June 5, 1988 in Texarkana, Texas) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Michigan Wolverines. ...


On April 22, 2006, Clausen verbally committed to the University of Notre Dame.[10] He was the most highly touted recruit for the Fighting Irish since the arrival of Ron Powlus in 1993.[11] 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 he planned to win four national titles with the Irish.[3] is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ron Powlus (born July 16, 1974 in Berwick, Pennsylvania) is a former starting quarterback for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. ... College Football Hall of Fame front. ... South Bend, see South Bend (disambiguation). ... Hummer is a brand of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) sold by General Motors, also known as GM. They are based on the military High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), or Humvee. ... The NCAA Division I-A national football championship is the only Division I NCAA-sponsored sport without an organized tournament to determine its champion; in fact, while various other organizations (as described below) designate a national champion at the Division I level, the NCAA itself does not award a championship...


The way in which this signing day announcement was conducted, including the comments, choice of venue, and Clausen's manner of conveyance to the event, drew criticism for its perceived ostentatiousness. Perhaps even more so this incident was also cited as evidence that greater restraint and perspective are needed in handling the recruiting process on the part of players and coaches, in covering it on the part of the media, and in following it on the part of fans,[12] considering the unpredicability of how a high school prospect's college career will turn out. One often mentioned example of a player whose college career never lived up to the hype generated during his recruitment is the aforementioned Ron Powlus: lavish predictions were made about what Powlus would accomplish, most notably Beano Cook's forecast of two Heisman trophies, but in reality Powlus was never a finalist for the trophy.[12] [13] Carroll Hoff Beano Cook (Born September 1, 1931) is an ESPN college football historian and commentator. ... “Heisman” redirects here. ...


College career

Clausen, who graduated high school one semester early, enrolled at Notre Dame on January 16, 2007.[14] 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.[15][16] The University of Notre Dame IPA: is a Catholic[4] institution located in Notre Dame, an unincorporated section of St. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ...


Following Notre Dame's opening loss to Georgia Tech in the 2007 season, Clausen was named the starting quarterback.[17] Through five starts, Clausen has thrown for 558 yards, with 1 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. His quarterback rating is 97.7, and he has been sacked 21 times. [18] The 2007 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is the college football team that represents the University of Notre Dame in the 2007 NCAA Division I-A football season. ... Passer rating is the name of the method for evaluating the performance of quarterbacks officially used by the National Football League. ...


Controversy

On June 23, Clausen was cited for illegally transporting alcohol outside of Belmont Beverage in South Bend, Indiana. According to published reports, Clausen entered a pre-trial diversion program which will erase the citation if he stays out of trouble for the next 12 months. [19]


References

  1. ^ Army All Americans Recognized
  2. ^ Player Bio at the Official Athletic Site of the University of Notre Dame
  3. ^ a b c DiPrimio, Pete. "Notre Dame future starts with new quarterback", Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, January 5, 2007. 
  4. ^ "All-USA players and coach of the year", USA Today, January 12, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Clausen Parade Co-Player of the Year, Kamara Parada All American", UHND.com, February 4, 2007. Retrieved on August 1, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c Anderson, Kelli. "The Kid with the Golden Arm", Sports Illustrated, November 28, 2005. 
  7. ^ Rivals.com Rivals100 of 2007
  8. ^ Evans, Thayer. "For Record-Setting Recruit, Full-Throated Praise and Whispered Doubts", New York Times, January 6, 2007. 
  9. ^ Avery, Louie. "Mallett Shines Against Nation's Best Players", Texarkana Gazette, January 7, 2007. 
  10. ^ Friend, Tom. "Third in prized Clausen clan to verbally commit to Irish", ESPN, April 21, 2006. 
  11. ^ "Jimmy Clausen Commits to Notre Dame", UHND.com, April 24, 2006. 
  12. ^ a b Dodd, Dennis. "Domers, hottest new recruit need to get a grip", Sportsline.com, April 24, 2006. 
  13. ^ Wallace, Allen. "Evaluating recruits an imperfect science", USA Today, November 11, 1997. 
  14. ^ "Clausen enrolls at Notre Dame", Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, January 17, 2007. 
  15. ^ McClure, Vaugn. "Arm injury clouds Clausen's spring status", Chicago Sun Times, March 20, 2007. 
  16. ^ Rittenberg, Adam. "Weis using doubters as motivation for Irish", ESPN.com, August 6, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Clausen gets starting nod at QB against Penn State", ESPN.com, September 4, 2007. 
  18. ^ "NCAA Statistics by Category", Yahoo Sports, October 10, 2007. 
  19. ^ "SBT: Clausen Cited for Transporting Alcohol", UHND.com, August 17, 2007. 

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Starting Quarterback

2007
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