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Clausen vs. Quinn

(NDNation.com - The Rock Report) - When I wrote that Clausen would be better than Quinn in this offense by mid-year this year I received a fair amount of "you're crazy" emails and even more "you're a moron, Quinn was a record setting QB" emails. But mid way through Clausen's sophomore year, Clausen's numbers are very close to Quinn's senior years numbers... surprisingly close.

Through six games in 2006, Quinn threw for 1634 yards, 16 touchdowns and completed 63.5% of his passes averaging 7.01 yards per attempt.

Trough six games in 2008, Clausen threw for 1631 yards, 14 touchdowns and completed 61.6% of his passes averaging 7.45 yards per attempt.

Clausen does have a worse TD/INT ratio than Quinn, but I'm not sure there's much of a difference between the two right now. I'm starting to believe that Clausen has an even more impressive cadre of wide receivers to work with.

Time will certainly tell, but I believe what will make Clausen better is the fact that he puts the ball in very tiny spaces with great consistency.


Blogger Sebastian said...

Did you mean to compare Clausen's mid-soph numbers to Quinn's mid-soph numbers? 2006 was Quinn's senior year. Regardless, I think Clausen is further along earlier in his career.

8:51 AM  
Blogger IrishLackey said...

exactly sebastian, clausen is a sophmore and he's putting up senior numbers, just wait til he actually is a senior!!!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

same ol' same ol': if someone could teach them both to look off receivers and throw the ball when they see separation occuring not waiting until there is a two step and give the receivers more creative options they both could be great. Samarjia made Quinn.

10:47 AM  
OpenID Sixermn7 said...

Yeah, Clausen does that all the time. He throws a large quantity of touch passes in every game based upon anticipation of seperation by Floyd or Tate. That was just a ridiculous comment without a basis in evidence that in no way contributed to this discussion. Share your opinion because you actually noticed something that's real not because you have a keyboard.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Steven said...

I was at the UNC-ND game. When you see Clausen live you leave with an even greater appreciation of his talent and leadership. The NC fans around me commented on Clausen's arm, accuracy, and "moxy" throughout the game. He consistently made good reads. I'm a believer.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

sebastian - I'm pretty sure he meant to compare Clausen's mid-soph numbers vs. Quinn's mid-senior numbers. After all, that's what he said he was comparing.

The takeaway is that already as a soph, Clausen compares favorably to where Brady was as a senior.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

One thing I love about Quinn is his strength and injury free career...I don't remember him missing one single snap due to an injury.

Also, Quinn has "deceptive speed". I can still remember his 60yard run against SC his senior year...

Finally, his hair is 10x better looking than Clausen...at least up til the NFL Draft...

6:42 AM  
Blogger Santana Scroggs said...

I know this is a bit far away, but looking ahead, I am truly excited for the 2010 season. Clausen will be a senior along with tate and kumara. Floyd a Junior and Cierre Wood/Armondo Allen will be in the backfield. WOW!

2:10 PM  
Blogger Mark B. Johnson said...

Clausen has a great arm and is clearly more accurate than Quinn; however, Clausen has yet to show he is a true leader on the field and that is one of the areas where Quinn excelled both at ND and it has already shown at Cleveland. For ND to win, Clausen needs to be a leader on the field and on the sidelines.

3:10 PM  
Blogger 2daniel6 said...

If Quinn had Coach for 4 years no one may have ever gotten close to his records.

Jimmy will have Coach Weis for years

Add to that the Irish are far more talented and Jimmy should end his career further along than Brady and owning many of the records at Notre Dame

10:02 AM  
Blogger wsmitheGH said...

Personally I think its very exciting regardless of who is better. Clausen definitely has impressive numbers early on but Quinn had a fantastic finish. Only time will tell indeed. It's too bad Quinn isn't doing much as a pro...
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1:55 PM  

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