CAREER: Enters his junior season on the heels of his best game in a Notre Dame uniform ... looks to maintain the momentum generated in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl into the offseason and continue his ascent up the Irish record books in 2009 ... has completed 406 of 685 passes (59.3 percent) for 4,426 yards with 32 touchdowns and 23 interceptions while starting 22 of 23 games played in Irish career ... ranks second all-time in school history averaging 192.4 passing yards per game ... on Notre Dame's career passing charts, ranks second in completion percentage, fourth in completions, fifth in attempts, fifth in TD passes and sixth in passing yards ... ranked by Phil Steele as the 10th-best quarterback in the nation for 2009.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Started all 13 games at quarterback for the Irish and recorded the third-most prolific passing season in Notre Dame history ... completed 268 of his 440 pass attempts (60.9 pct) for 3,172 passing yards (244.0 yards per game) on the year ... tossed 25 touchdowns and had 17 interceptions ... established records for every major passing category by a sophomore Notre Dame quarterback ... the only better statistical seasons were Brady Quinn in 2005 and 2006 ... ranked 43rd in passing efficiency nationally at 132.49 and ranked 40th in total offense at 238.38 ... completed 21 of 34 (61.8 percent) passes for 237 yards and three TDs in season opener vs. San Diego State ... all three TD passes went to different receivers (sophomore WR Golden Tate, senior WR David Grimes and freshman WR Michael Floyd) in Notre Dame's opening-game victory ... with the Irish trailing 13-7 and 11:55 to go in the fourth quarter, the signal caller proceeded to complete eight of nine passes for 98 yards and two TDs (led Notre Dame on scoring drives of 80 and 55 yards) to secure the come-from-behind victory against the Aztecs ... completed 10 of 21 passes for 147 yards and two TDs vs. Michigan ... both TD passes went to Golden Tate, including a 48-yard TD strike and a 60-yard connection ... the 48-yard TD pass to Tate was the quarterback's longest completion of his career, but it stood for only eight minutes on the game clock before the 60-yard hookup became his longest to date ... the play was also the fourth-longest passing play under Weis and the longest for the Irish since Brady Quinn connected with John Carlson for a 62-yard TD against Michigan State on Sept. 23, 2006 ... posted then career-highs in both completions (24) and attempts (41) against Michigan State ... also threw for 242 yards, then fourth-most in his Irish career ... had a stellar second half start in which he began 17 of 21 for 163 yards and a TD vs. the Spartans ... threw for a then career-high 275 yards (20 of 35, 57.1 percent) against Purdue, topping his previous high of 246 against Air Force (Nov. 10, 2007), while also throwing for three TDs ... connected on five consecutive passes to close the first quarter and ultimately extended the streak to six early in the second quarter before finally throwing an incompletion in the Purdue end zone ... against Stanford, completed 29 passes for 347 yards, eclipsing 300 yards for first time in career ... also threw three TDs in a game for the second consecutive week (fifth time of career) in completing 72.5 percent against the Cardinal ... completed a career-high six passes longer than 20 yards against Stanford ... those six passes went to five different Irish receivers ... finished the first half 16 of 21 for 221 yards and two TDs ... became the first Irish quarterback other than Quinn to eclipse 300 yards passing in a single game since Jarius Jackson threw for 317 against Pittsburgh on Nov. 13, 1999 ... set a then-career-high in passing yards (383) for the third consecutive week vs. North Carolina ... also set career-highs in completions (31) and attempts (48) for the second consecutive week ... added two TD passes, improving his total to 14 on the season ... historically, the 31 completions were fourth most, the 48 attempts were tied for the sixth most and the 383 passing yards were seventh most ever in a single game for a Notre Dame quarterback ... finished the afternoon against the Tar Heels with a total of five 20+ yard completions ... opened the second half against North Carolina with an interception on his first pass attempt, the first interception in 132 pass attempts (was returned for a TD by North Carolina to bring the Tar Heels within 17-16) ... the 132 passes without an interception is the second longest streak in school history by a Notre Dame quarterback (only Quinn's 226 straight passes without an interception during the 2006 season was longer) ... threw for 730 yards over the two Notre Dame games against Stanford (347) and North Carolina (383) ... it was the most passing yards by a Notre Dame quarterback in consecutive weeks since Quinn totaled 815 yards in victories over Washington and Purdue during the 2005 season (468 at Purdue and 327 at Washington) ... passed for 201 yards and a TD pass vs. Washington ... guided Notre Dame to scoring drives on each of its first two possessions against the Huskies ... he went five of five for 108 yards and a TD combined on the two scoring drives, including a 51-yard TD pass to Floyd at Washington ... completed 23 of 44 passes (52.3 percent) on the day piling up 271 yards and three TDs without throwing an interception against Pittsburgh ... completed four passes of 20 yards or longer (Duval Kamara, 20; Tate, 47 and 31; Kyle Rudolph, 21) against the Panthers ... connected on 60.9 percent of his passes (14 of 23) for 173 yards and two TDs in the first half alone ... on Notre Dame's 91-yard touchdown march (the longest scoring drive of the season for the Irish), he was four of five for 89 yards, including three passes to Floyd for 42 yards ... the quarterback led a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to give the Irish a 24-17 lead with 5:38 to go in the game ... he went four of six for 55 yards on the drive ... threw the ball 46 times, completing 26 of them for 226 yards vs. Boston College, failing to record a TD pass for the first time on the season ... completed 15 of 18 passes (83.3 percent) for 110 yards, two interceptions and a fumble vs. Navy ... his 83.3 percent completion percentage was the best by an Irish quarterback since Jarious Jackson completed 85.7 percent of his passes against Navy on Nov. 14, 1998 ... his completion percentage vs. the Midshipmen now ranks as the sixth best in single-game Notre Dame history ... completed 22 of 39 passes (56.4 percent) for 291 yards and two TDs with no interceptions vs. Syracuse ... made his 20th career start against the Orange ... completed 22 of 26 passes for 401 yards and five TDs with no interceptions vs. Hawai'i in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl ... set individual career bests in completion percentage (84.6 percent), passing yards (401) and TD passes (five) ... his statistics also helped set Notre Dame team bowl records in points (49), passing yards (413), passing touchdowns (five) and total yards (478) ... his passing yards, passing touchdowns and completion percentage were individual bowl records for the Irish ... his completion percentage was the second best by any quarterback at any school in bowl game history ... logged 374:52 of playing time.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Started at quarterback in the second game of the season vs. Penn State, the earliest any Notre Dame freshman had started at the position since freshmen regained their eligibility in 1972 ... played in 10 contests and started nine games during rookie campaign ... only Brady Quinn (12 games in 2003) and Blair Kiel (11 games in 1980) played in more games as an Irish freshman signal-caller ... tied Quinn and Kiel for most starts by a freshman quarterback in school history ... completed 138 of 245 passes (.563) for 1.254 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions ... ranks second on Notre Dame's freshman quarterback single-season lists for completions (Quinn, 157), attempts (Quinn, 332), yards (Quinn, 1,831) and completion percentage (Matt LoVecchio, .584 in 2000) ... seven TD passes rank third on Irish freshman quarterback single-season list behind LoVecchio's 11 and Quinn's nine ... one of three quarterbacks to play in the season opener vs. Georgia Tech ... completed four of six passes for 34 yards ... became the eighth freshman to ever start at quarterback for Notre Dame (since 1951) ... made earliest (second game of the season) freshman quarterback debut in Notre Dame history against Penn State ... connected with Irish receivers on 17 of 32 attempts, committing one interception vs. Nittany Lions ... found wide receiver Robby Parris for a 35-yard completion, the longest of the day ... finished with 144 passing yards at Penn State ... completed 11 of 17 passes for 74 yards in second career start against Michigan ... completed seven of 13 pass attempts for 53 yards against Michigan State ... threw first TD pass of his Irish career to John Carlson in third quarter at Purdue ... completed 18 of 26 passes for 169 yards including a long pass of 36 yards vs. Boilermakers ... recorded his first rushing TD of Irish career with a one-yard run against UCLA ... was 17 of 27 for 84 yards passing at UCLA ... went seven for 20 for 60 yards vs. Boston College ... did not see playing time vs. USC or Navy ... recorded career-high three TD passes vs. Air Force ... that tied single-game record for TD passes by a freshman for Irish ... hit 22 for 40 for 246 yards passing vs. Air Force ... threw a season-long and Irish career high 25-yard TD pass to David Grimes in the first half vs. Duke ... was 16 of 32 for 194 yards passing against the Blue Devils ... passed for 196 yards while completing 19 of 32 attempts (.594) with no TDs and one interception vs. Stanford ... credited with longest pass completion of season on a 44-yard catch-and-run play by Junior Jabbie ... also connected with Duval Kamara for a 35-yard completion and Carlson for 20 yards ... finished with an efficiency rating of 104.6, his third straight game exceeding 100.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Received the Hall Trophy (actually called the Ball Park National High School Player of the Year Award) at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... awarded since 2001, previous Hall Trophy recipients include: RB Kevin Jones (2001 - Virginia Tech), QB Chris Leak (2003 - Florida), RB Adrian Peterson (2004 - Oklahoma) and QB Mitch Mustain (2006 - Arkansas) ... named USA Today Offensive Player of the Year ... received National High School Offensive Player of the Year Award from the Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio) and was named finalist for Sam B. Nicola award, presented annually to the top high school player ... named Co-Player of the Year by Parade and selected first-team All-America by the publication ... one of 20 players named to the Best in the West list compiled by the Long Beach Press-Telegram ... listed as one of 11 quarterbacks on National 100 list by Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... named a first-team All-American by Scout.com ... completed 194 of 281 passes for 3,428 yards and 49 touchdowns with only six interceptions in 15 games as a senior ... also rushed for seven scores in final season ... helped lead Oaks Christian to four consecutive CIF-Southern Section championships and tied the longest winning streak in section history as the Lions won 46 straight contests ... never lost a game he started, finishing his career 42-0 ... Oaks Christian was named the state team of the year by CalHiSports.com in 2006 after winning the Division III state bowl game and becoming only the second team in California history to finish a season with a 15-0 record ... defeated Cardinal Newman High School in state championship, 27-20 in overtime, and finished season ranked sixth in the nation by USA Today ... for his career, he passed for 10,764 yards and a state record 146 TD passes ... completed 67.8 percent of his passes in high school, one of the best nationally in high school history, according to the National Federation of High School sports record book ... ranked the top prospect in the nation by Rivals.com ... named number four national prospect by SuperPrep ... rated the number-one quarterback in the country and ninth-best prospect on the ESPN 150 list ... started for the West team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... rated best player in the country in the 2006 preseason by The Sporting News SchoolSports ... one of top 25 quarterbacks nationally on 2006 preseason basis by CBS Sportsline.com College Football Preview ... rated the No. 1 prospect in the nation in the 2006 preseason by The Sporting News ... named one of the top 50 high school seniors by Street & Smith's and one of seven quarterbacks named to its All-America team ... completed 156 of 231 passes for 2,778 yards with 30 TDs and five interceptions as a junior ... as a sophomore, he completed 227 of 329 passes for 3,665 yards with 58 TDs and six interceptions ... played for coach Bill Redell at Oaks Christian ... older brothers, Rick and Casey, both played quarterback at the University of Tennessee ... enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2007 ... son of Jim and Cathy Clausen ... born Sept. 21, 1987 ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology ... earned a 3.267 grade-point average in the spring `08 semester.