Clausen to start vs. Air Force

Per the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette:

Freshman Jimmy Clausen will be Notre Dame’s starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Air Force, Notre Dame football media relations director Brian Hardin said Wednesday evening.

Irish coach Charlie Weis was not available for comment and unlike in previous weeks did not speak after Wednesday’s practice.

“Whoever plays the best, that’s what you look for,” Weis said Tuesday when asked what he was looking for. “It really is not that difficult. Sometimes you make it more difficult than it is, just whoever plays the best.”

This, though, is likely a long-haul decision as Weis said Tuesday he would take into account who would be the best quarterback for his team through the final three games and beyond.

Anyone with questions about Clausen’s health might be interested to know that Michael Rothstein reported that Clausen “looked slower” than Evan Sharpley on Tuesday’s practice, and had poorer “extension” on his legs. It’s of course hard to know exactly what to make of something like this, though, and one imagines that he certainly wouldn’t be starting if he weren’t ready to go.

Weis is expected to speak to the media after Thursday’s practice. We’ll have more details as they become available.

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