Next Irish QB? Answer not coming until season begins

When it came to the quarterback battle, Charlie Weis made one thing perfectly clear----Jimmy Clausen is completely fine. He's practicing, throwing, and if the season began today would be more than capable of playing if chosen as the Irish starter.

So who will be ND's next quarterback?

Who will replace four-year starter Brady Quinn?

Will it be junior Evan Sharpley, sophomore Demetrius Jones or the freshman Clausen?

Well, do not expect an answer anytime soon -- unless you believe that the first snap of the first game against Georgia Tech on September 1st is soon, because that is when the cat will most likely come out of the bag.

Third-year Irish head coach Charlie Weis said at his press conference today that he has no intentions of telling the media, public, or Georgia Tech who will be Notre Dame's quarterback.

Weis believes he and the team will know in due time, but he plans to keep a tight lip on it in order to to keep the Yellow Jackets guessing.

When breaking down the three contenders, Weis put an end to the myth that Sharpley and Clausen are the same-type of quarterback and that Jones had the other style.

He said Clausen is on one end and Jones on the other, with Sharpley somewhere in between them.

Weis said he will not yet rule out the possibility of using multiple quarterbacks, but did say he would prefer just using one.

The quarterback battle was not the only hot button issue discussed at Media Day.

The other: is this a rebuilding year for the Irish?

"May God strike me dead if I use that word," Weis said. "I'll never use that word. You use it. I'll never use it."

"I have nine fifth-year seniors that came back for another year," Weis continued. "Don't you think I owe it to them to try and win this year."

His fifth-year seniors felt the same way.

"I didn't come back for a rebuilding year," senior captain and safety Tom Zbikowski said. "None of these guys that are fifth-years came back to have a rebuilding year."

"There are no rebuilding years," Zibby explained. "There's getting new guys and having the same goal as always."

Senior captain and running back Travis Thomas feels the reputation the team is getting from the public and media is motivation.

"They're marking us off; we're not considered to be anything right now," Thomas said. "I think we have a chip on our shoulders and all of us fifth-year guys came back with chips on our shoulders, something to prove."

"We want to prove we can compete, we can be successful and be one of the best teams in the country with who we have on this team right now."


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