Weis makes 'intriguing' comments about QB battle

"Can he throw deep? I think we'll have to wait until September 1st to find that out," Irish head coach Charlie Weis said, with a half-smirk on his face in reference to Jimmy Clausen.

Clausen was the only quarterback of the three to not throw a pass beyond ten yards in Saturday's two and a half-hour morning practice, open to media and fans at Notre Dame Stadium.

Weis' comments were not a declaration, however, that Jimmy Clausen will be the starter on September 1st.

They certainly seem to fuel the debate even greater.

Saturday was Clausen's day to work directly with Weis and the first-team offense. In the process, Weis did not call any downfield passes for Clausen.

Meanwhile, QB coach Ron Powlus was working out the rest of the quarterbacks in one-on-one drills. That is where we saw a number of long passes from Demetrius Jones and Evan Sharpley.

"Most of my coaching with the quarterback takes place when they are running the offense where I am," Weis explained.

"There I can give them the coaching points on fronts and coverages because I am a very hands on guy when it comes to that."

Meanwhile, Weis says Powlus is doing his own routine with the other quarterbacks and that is why we saw them throwing further down field.

In other drills however, when all three quarterbacks were working with the full offense, Clausen still was not throwing downfield while Jones and Sharpley sometimes were.

It all serves to stir the questions.

"You think you have a question," Weis said. "Try being me."

"That's the biggest question mark that the guy who is directly responsible for the position has to worry about," Weis said, referring to himself.

Weis says the team has three more days of installation before he begins to gauge who might be separating themselves in the quarterback battle.

"What I've learned is that we'll be good enough to compete to win."

Meanwhile the guys who the QBs will be throwing to, the wide receivers, looked very good.

David Grimes (5'10") and George West (5'8") may be small, but they were catching a lot of passes.

"Everyone thinks this is a weakness, but I really like the wide receiver position," Weis said. "I really like them. I like the development."

"Let's start with David (Grimes). And George (West) is healthy and he's playing well. Everyone who's been in the program is better than they were last year and from the spring."

Weis was also high on the running backs, feeling that is certainly not a position to worry about.

When asked what position he might be worrying about, Weis would not take the bait.

"Do you think I'm dumb?" Weis said with a smile on his face.

"Ask me a specific question and I'll give you a specific answer," Weis continued, barely able to contain his laughter. "I'm not going to say 'here's the five things I'm concerned about.'"


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