ND Selects Starting QB for Opener

Weis stays mum on name, says candidates have it 'all figured out'
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 30, 2007 5:00 AM CDT
Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis gives instructions to his quarterbacks during the first day practice for the 2007 season Monday, Aug. 6, 2007 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Charlie Weis has told his QBs who'll suit up for Notre Dame's season opener against Georgia Tech. The coach says the choice is obvious, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, but he's aiming to retain the element of surprise by not releasing the name—except to the players."They've known for weeks," said the otherwise mum Weis.

The candidates—Demetrius Jones, Evan Sharpley, and Jimmy Clausen—may have anticipated the decision, but it's not clear whether Weis opted for Jones' running ability or Sharpley's experience. Freshman Clausen, nursing a cranky elbow, is an unlikely choice. Meanwhile, sophomore Darrin Walls has usurped senior Ambrose Wooden at the right cornerback slot. (Read more Charlie Weis stories.)