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Clausen VS. Mallett

September 10, 2007

Michigan announced today that Chad Henne would not play Saturday versus Notre Dame.

Henne listed as week-to-week after injury against Oregon
Associated Press
Updated: September 10, 2007, 2:21 PM ET

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Injured Michigan quarterback Chad Henne will not play against Notre Dame.
Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr did not provide a timetable for Henne’s return, listing him Monday as week-to-week. The senior was knocked out of the second half of Saturday’s 39-7 loss to Oregon.
Ryan Mallett will start against the Fighting Irish on Saturday at home in a matchup of storied teams with 0-2 records.
“This test will be different than any he’s had,” Carr said. “But I can guarantee you that he’s not intimidated.”
Carr declined to confirm Saturday’s ABC-TV report that Michigan trainer Paul Schmidt said Henne had a lower-leg injury.
The senior struggled in his first 1½ games as the Wolverines opened with two losses at home for the first time since 1959.
Henne was 12-of-23 for 172 yards with a touchdown and an interception, a pass that sailed into double coverage on the opening drive against Oregon. In the opener, he was 19-of-37 for 233 yards with a score and an interception in Appalachian State territory.
Henne connected with Adrian Arrington late in the first quarter against Oregon, giving Michigan a 7-3 lead and tying a school record. It was the senior quarterback’s 72nd touchdown pass, tying John Navarre.
Mallett started the second half and threw an interception midway through the third quarter. He finished with six completions in 17 attempts for 49 yards.
The freshman from Texarkana, Texas enrolled at Michigan in January and participated in spring practice.
“That helps a lot,” offensive tackle Jake Long said. “It’s kind of like he’s a redshirt freshman.”
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

Let the 4 year war begin Saturday. Let the shit-talking start…now.

Clausen To Start

September 4, 2007

Fresh off the AP

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame freshman Jimmy Clausen will start at quarterback Saturday against Penn State after entering the opener as the third-stringer following offseason arm surgery.
Charlie Weis, whose team is coming off a 33-3 loss at home to Georgia Tech, did not immediately elaborate Tuesday on the reason for his choice.
Clausen was rated by many as the top high school recruit last year. Weis said Sunday that Clausen could not have started the opener because he was recovering from arthroscopic surgery to have a bone spur removed from his throwing elbow. Weis said Clausen wasn’t fully healthy until last week.
Notre Dame was held to 130 yards passing last week, ranking them 94th of 113 teams. Clausen played the final two series and was 4-of-6 passing for 34 yards and sacked once.
Demetrius Jones started the game and was 1-of-3 passing for 4 yards against Georgia Tech and ran the ball 12 times for 28 yards. Four of the six drives he led ended in three-and-outs, and he fumbled the ball away on the other two possessions. Evan Sharpley was 10-of-13 passing for 92 yards, but was sacked seven times.

More to come later.