Today's installment of the WU AM I? series includes two former 5 star prospects. We were all yelling, "Thank Heaven" at the time and should do so again in the future.
6' 1" 222 lbs.
Junior Crown Point, Indiana
Wu-Name: Excessive Wizard
Jimmy Clausen #7
6'3" 212 lbs.
Westlake Village, California
Wu-Name: Fearless Overlord
Only Ron Powlus knows this kind of hype. Jimmy Clausen was hailed as the best high school quarterback to come out of California since John Elway. Well, at least he didn't go to Stanford. Jimmy was tabbed as a "5-star, can't miss prospect" since his sophomore year in high school. ESPN did a story on him that year and in turn helped start the fire.
It's quite unfair really. Unfair to expect a kid to dominate as a true freshman. Couple this in with an elbow injury and surgery and having limited reps in the spring and summer because of said injury. And he did fine. Fine for a freshman at Notre Dame of ALL places. He, of course, did not dominate. But he did show ND Nation that the best was yet to come with some very solid play behind a very shaky line. He had a better completion percentage and a better touchdown to interception ratio than Irish Legend, Brady Quinn.
What Jimmy is now, is the starter of this team after winning out over Evan Sharpley last year. He has a season under his belt and took a lot of shots both physically and mentally from foe and media. He is bigger and has more experience around him this year than last year at the skilled position. He is truly better.
Two things can make this year great for Jimmy: 1. His offensive line must give him time IN THE POCKET. 2. The running game must be more effective on 1st down. If these things can happen, than watch for a quarterback that looks more like Quinn during his Junior year. That is a bold statement, but I just watched Pulp Fiction.