Clausen Shakes Off Grogginess

SAN ANTONIO - When Jimmy Clausen arrived in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-America Bowl on Sunday, the quarterback was dragging a bit. Hitting the football field for the West's first practice, Monday, snapped the Irish commit out of his funk.

"The time change is different for me," Clausen said. "When I woke up this morning, shoot it was five o' clock back in California, so that was a little different. I was tired this morning to, but I think I will be alright tomorrow."

Clausen, from Westlake Village, Calif., looked better than alright throwing the football. The 6-foot-3 195-pound quarterback was his usual self, hitting receivers in stride or between the numbers, while showcasing his fluid release.

"Once practice started it was football again," he said. "I love football and it was a good day today."

The only time Clausen didn't look comfortable was when he was playing catch with West teammate Ryan Mallett. The Michigan commit had a strong arm and Clausen had a tough time hanging on to the ball.

"He's a great quarterback," Clausen said. "We were trying to break those balls in, they were real hard. We're just trying to have fun out there."

Clausen said the West offense is coming along quickly.

"I think everyone pretty much has the offense down. We'll just go from there. We have a lot of different routes we are putting in, like nine different combination routes."

Other than being tired Clausen had to overcome not being on the football field since winning his fourth straight state championship.

"Getting all the rust off from not playing a few weeks, a month or so."

On Monday, Clausen didn't look rusty or tired.


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