Weis on Clausen; Corwin takes blame for D

With Jimmy Clausen not available to the media, Irish head coach Charlie Weis fielded more questions about starting the true freshman in Saturday's game at Penn State on Wednesday night.

Weis believes Clausen has the demeanor to overcome playing in a hostile environment like Beaver Stadium.

"He really is a very calm and laid back person by nature," Weis explained.

"I think that in an atmosphere like that, if the players see you sweat---figuratively---if they see you lose your composure early, they start to lose confidence," the 3rd-year coach said.

"I think that because he carries himself so well and since he's calm and composed almost all the time---I have rarely seen act much different. He acts pretty much the same everyday."

Weis said the biggest advise he can give Clausen is to have a short memory and forget any mistakes that occur during the game. That will be key in front of rabid crowd of more the 100,000 fans in Happy Valley.

Meanwhile, with all the focus on Clausen and the offense, most are forgetting about the other side of the ball.

While the Irish held their own in the red zone in the 1st half, the team gave up a whopping 265 yards on the ground.

1st-year Defensive Coordinator Corwin Brown took full responsibility Wednesday night for not getting his defense prepared in his first ever game as a coordinator.

"I know I can a much better job of giving our kids a chance," Brown said.

"They fought their butts off. I love our kids. Our guys on defense---I love our guys. They worked hard."

"There are things everybody has to work on---me included," Brown explained. "Nobody's pointing the finger. We've just gone to work."

Players have seen more intensity in the team's two days of practice this week and believe they have come a long way since Saturday.

The Irish will face Penn State at 6PM Saturday Night.

Sports Director Jeff Jeffers will be in Happy Valley and provide live reports on Friday and Saturday.

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