Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 1/19/10: #2 Junior QB, Projected Rd: 1 for the 2011 NFL Draft 2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 54-(-73)-(-1.4)-0; Pass: 440-268-60.9-3172-25-17; Started all 13 games at quarterback for the Irish and recorded the third-most prolific passing season in Notre Dame history completed 268 of his 440 pass attempts (60.9 pct) for 3,172 passing yards (244.0 yards per game) on the year tossed 25 touchdowns and had 17 interceptions established records for every major passing category by a sophomore Notre Dame quarterback the only better statistical seasons were Brady Quinns junior and senior years ranked 43rd in passing efficiency nationally at 132.49 and ranked 40th in total offense at 238.38 2007: 10 GP; 9 GS; Rush: 62-(-187)-(-3)-2; Pass: 245-138-56.3-1254-7-6; 1 Sol-1 TT; Started at quarterback in the second game of the season vs. Penn State, the earliest any Notre Dame freshman had started at the position since freshmen regained their eligibility in 1972 ... played in 10 contests and started nine games during rookie campaign ... only Brady Quinn (12 games in 2003) and Blair Kiel (11 games in 1980) played in more games as an Irish freshman signal caller ... tied Quinn and Kiel for most starts by a freshman quarterback in school history ... completed 138 of 245 passes (.563) for 1.254 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions ... ranks second on Notre Dame's freshman quarterback single-season lists for completions (Quinn, 157), attempts (Quinn, 332), yards (Quinn, 1,831) and completion percentage (Matt LoVecchio, .584 in 2000) ... seven TD passes rank third on Irish freshman quarterback single-season list behind LoVecchio's 11 and Quinn's nine ... one of three quarterbacks to play in the season opener vs. Georgia Tech ... completed four of six passes for 34 yards ... became the eighth freshman to ever start at quarterback for Notre Dame (since 1951) ... made earliest (second game of the season) freshman QB debut in Notre Dame history against Penn State. Personal: Older brothers, Rick and Casey, both played quarterback at the University of Tennessee.
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Quarterback Jimmy Clausen. The Panthers should be ecstatic to get a guy who was ranked in the top 10 on a lot of boards, including their own, at No. 48.
Round 2/48 -- Jimmy Clausen, QB, 6-3, 222, Notre Dame: The Panthers were ecstatic to have Clausen fall to them at No. 48 since they had him among the top 10 players on their draft board. - by The Sports Xchange
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