View Full Version : Irish to start Sharpley at QB vs. USC

10-16-2007, 12:48 PM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Evan Sharpley will start at quarterback for Notre Dame against No. 13 Southern California, making the junior the third starting signal-caller for the Fighting Irish this season.

Sharpley, the backup to Brady Quinn last season and the No. 2 quarterback when Demetrius Jones and Jimmy Clausen started the first seven games this season, will make his first career start Saturday at home.

"I think Evan this week gives us the best chance of winning," coach Charlie Weis said during his weekly news conference Tuesday.
Sharpley has led the Fighting Irish (1-6) to four of its seven offensive touchdowns, despite playing significantly less time than Clausen, a freshman who had started the past six games. Weis said part of the reason for the change is Clausen's health. "The separation between the two isn't enough for the banged up guy to start ahead of the fresh guy," Weis said.

Jones started the season-opener, a 33-3 loss to Georgia Tech, and left the team a week after Clausen became the starter for the second game against Penn State.
Weis had said Clausen had been the starter because he's been more accurate, completing 81-of-141 for a 57.4 completion rate, compared with Sharpley's 43-of-80 passing for a 53.8 completion rate. But Clausen had his worst outing last week, going 7-of-20 for 60 yards against Boston College with two interceptions.
Sharpley replaced Clausen early in the second half against Boston College and was 11-for-29 for 135 yards and a touchdown. Another TD pass was called back because of a holding penalty. Sharpley also rallied the Irish in the second half of a loss to Purdue.
Sharpley, who has passed for three touchdowns and two interceptions in six games, has a 111.42 pass efficiency rating compared with Clausen's 89.51. Clausen has one touchdown pass and five interceptions.
Three of the four touchdown drives Sharpley has led the Irish on have been 79 yards or longer. The other was 37 yards long. Clausen has led the Irish on TD drives of 9, 80 and 2 yards. Weis also announced that James Aldridge, who is leading the Irish with 249 yards rushing on 67 carries, is doubtful for the game with a high ankle sprain.

10-16-2007, 05:36 PM
Wow, Clauson wins them there only game and he gets pulled.

10-16-2007, 06:12 PM
Considering the fact that ND gets a free BCS bowl game every year if they win 6 games, and they are coached by a fraud, we should probably be piling on more then we are.

10-18-2007, 01:16 PM
its about time. while i think clausen is going to be a great quarterback, its jus not his time. the line sucks, he gets no running game thanks to the line. sharpley, even in the losing efforts, has always seemed to set a spark in the irish offensively maybe a whole game in might lead to a win (although unlikely this week, but u never know)

10-18-2007, 02:20 PM
i dont think anything is going to help ND this season. they look like a mess

10-18-2007, 04:06 PM
he gives notre dame a better chance to win than clausen right now, and they need that because going into the navy, duke games they could actually be considered underdogs.

Steeler in Carolina
10-18-2007, 08:16 PM
So why does he give Notre Dame a better chance to win this week, but not 5 weeks ago? I love it that ND keeps losing and hope they lose the rest of their games, but this doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

10-18-2007, 10:23 PM
So why does he give Notre Dame a better chance to win this week, but not 5 weeks ago? I love it that ND keeps losing and hope they lose the rest of their games, but this doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

he always gave them the best chance, weis is jus too bullheaded to realize that. he wanted to stick it out with clausen but that jus hasnt work. every time sharpley gets put in the game notre dame gets this little spark, unfortunetly its always too late

Steeler in Carolina
10-18-2007, 10:43 PM
That's what I don't understand. You have a junior who should have been preparing the last 2 years to take over this offense when Quinn left. Then, you bring in an 18 yr old kid who has not even played a big game and throw him out in front of 65000 people and hope he can get the job done.

10-18-2007, 10:48 PM
dont get that either. i know clausen is suppose to be great and i think he is goin to be, weis said it himself "may god strike me dead if i use that word" (on having a rebuilding year) than u gotta start the guy who knows the system who has spent time in the system

Steeler in Carolina
10-19-2007, 07:36 PM
But hey, Charlie Weiss is the genius and I'm just sitting here second guessing.

10-19-2007, 08:24 PM
funny thing is. next year we will end up having the same arguement with a new person. that guy dayne christ is the number 3 ranked quarterback and some say he could push sharpley/clausen for playing time