Clausen gets release from LSU

LSU quarterback Rick Clausen has received a full release from head coach Nick Saban, according to The Advocate.<br><br>Clausen has not decided what school he will attend, but he apparently will not be in the picture when the Tigers begin the 2003 season.

Clausen was heading into his sophomore year of eligibility and will have to sit out next season if he transfers to another Division I-A school. He played in three games last year, starting against Ole Miss. He completed 2-of-6 passes for 9 yards with an interception and a fumble before being lifted for Marcus Randall. His career passing numbers are 5-of-12 for 35 yards.

LSU signed Clausen, the younger brother of Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen, in 2001 out of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., where he threw for 3,361 yards as a senior.

Randall and Matt Mauck, both juniors, are back for LSU in 2003, as is redshirt freshman Lester Ricard and senior Michael Harrison. The Tigers added two highly-recruited quarterbacks in February, Matt Flynn of Tyler, Texas, and JaMarcus Russell of Mobile, Ala.

Mauck, a walk-on who played minor league baseball before coming to LSU, is expected to resume the starting role he held last season before being injured and lost for the year in October.

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