The last time Notre Dame won a National Championship, their on field general was Negro QB Tony Rice.
Since then, ND has not been a viable contender, despite prancing out a long line of highly tauted, highly recruited QBs.
Coach Charlie Weis has fashioned himself to be "the" quarterback guru, molding Tom Brady into a premiere QB and presenting Brady Quinn as a "viable" franchise QB. Now, Weis is faced with the challenge of starting from ground zero. A QB with virtually no experience.
At the conclusion of spring ball, Weis had this to say about the three front runners:
After concluding spring ball evaluations, Evan Sharpley, Demetrius Jones and Jimmy Clausen remain as the main contenders. Each of these three young men brought something unique to the QB competition. Evan ran the operation the best, Jimmy threw the ball the best, and Demetrius made the most plays. For these reasons, they will compete for playing time.
We've discussed and agreed in the past, that the QB position has evolved into a position that requires definitive athleticism, self confidence and true play making ability. Looking at Weis' comments, and knowing that Weis is fully aware of what Quarterback Darwinism is all about, we can pretty accurately interpret what was said. And, remember, Weis has watched play making Negro QBs win the past two National Championships and he has watched Troy Smith destroy his team and win a Heisman Trophy during the same period.
He said that Sharpley ran the operation best. That is code for "back-up".
Clausen threw the ball the best. That means that the highly recruited Clausen isn't showing the ability to be a field general and has developed that strong athleticism to be a premier college QB yet.
Finally, he said that Jones made the most plays. That means Jones is a play maker. And, as is well documented, the evolution of the position and the unstoppable tide of Quarterback Darwinism require (in addition to the other requisite qualities) a play maker.
Weis wants maximum effort from each of the "candidates". He wants them hungry through summer workouts and preseason camp. No one can blame him for that.
But, his language gives him away.
Notre Dame's return to glory will be made possible by the same key ingredient as their last run to a title.
A play making Negro QB.
Congrats to Demetrius Jones. Touchdown Jesus has his hands up. Dap 'em up!