Asked how much better prepared he is now, Clausen hedged.
''I don't know,'' he said. ''I felt pretty prepared against Notre Dame. We just missed opportunities. It was a little bit here and a little bit there.''
Perhaps. But offensive coordinator Randy Sanders believes the past two weeks have benefited Clausen quite a bit.
''It helped,'' the Vol aide said. ''Just getting the extra practice repetitions was beneficial for him. But it's hard to say it was a benefit for him working with the first team because about two-thirds of the first team wasn't at practice. They were in the training room trying to get healthy.''
Even so, the coordinator believes Clausen is prepared to do a good job this weekend:
''I expect Rick to go out and play well ... the way he did the second half against Notre Dame.''