QB Race Down to Three

Head coach Charlie Weis told the media numerous times during spring ball that the quarterback race would be trimmed down from four to two. Evan Sharpley, Demetrius Jones, Jimmy Clausen and Zach Frazer were all in contention to replace Brady Quinn next fall. Instead of the number going from four to two, only one named was crossed off the list.

Through a release, Weis informed an anxious Notre Dame fan base that Sharpley, Jones and Clausen would go into the summer and fall camp as the three contenders left for the starting job. This means that Frazer, a sophomore from Mechanicsburg, PA, is the odd man out in the quarterback derby.

"After concluding spring ball evaluations, Evan Sharpley, Demetrius Jones and Jimmy Clausen remain as the main contenders," Weis said through the press release. "Each of these three young men brought something unique to the QB competition. Evan ran the operation the best, Jimmy threw the ball the best, and Demetrius made the most plays. For these reasons, they will compete for playing time."

Sharpley is the only signal caller with experience, albeit in mop-up time last season. The junior appeared in eight games, completing 1-for-2 passes for seven yards. Jones sat out the 2006 season. The Chicago, IL native has the most athletic ability of the group and can hurt teams with his arm and legs. Clausen is the most hyped Irish recruit in years and enrolled early to get a head start on the offense. It appears as if that move paid off.

As for Frazer, it's anyone's guess as to what happens next. The sophomore did not see action as a freshman.

***Weis released other information pertaining to the football program. The team GPA for the spring semester was 3.04, making it the fourth straight semester that the mark was above 3.00. Also, freshman cornerback Gary Gray had shoulder surgery after final exams. Weis said that this procedure "will likely exclude him from the upcoming season depending on the recovery time." Gray injured his shoulder in the second practice of spring ball after enrolling early in school.

As for fall camp, the team will be practicing exclusively at Cartier Field and the Loftus Center. This means that there will be no more practices for the first few weeks of training camp at the fields by O'Neill Hall. Finally, Weis has made the move to use officials from the Big East instead of the Big Ten.

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