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September 29, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Weis says Clausen, Allen “ready to go”

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis is in the middle of his weekly press conference and in what would probably be the biggest news, said that QB Jimmy Clausen and RB Amando Allen are “ready to go.”
Clausen was hobbled last week against Purdue by a toe injury but came back late to lead a rally that pulled out the win. Clausen is fourth in the nation in passing efficiency with 10 touchdowns against just one interception and completing 65.8 percent of his passes.
Allen, the team’s leading rusher with 326 yards in the first three games, sat out with an ankle injury.
But with Notre Dame having a bye next week before hosting USC on Oct. 17, the Irish will try to get the players through this game knowing they will have next week off.
Weis also said that he doesn’t expect his team to have any trouble getting up for the Huskies, despite an easy 33-7 win over UW here last season, due in part to Washington’s win over USC — a team Notre Dame hasn’t beaten since 2001.
“It’s pretty easy when you have an attention-getter and them beating USC is definitely an attention getter,” Weis said.
He also praised UW QB Jake Locker and the improvement of Washington’s offense, saying “you can see signs that this offense is getting better in a hurry” and of Locker that “he’s obviously a front-line quarterback who can make the tough throws. All you have to see is the last drive of the USC game to see the kid’s a playmaker.”
Weis also praised longtime UW defensive line coach Randy Hart who is in his first season in the same position at Notre Dame.
“Let’s start with the obvious ones, with the experience, technician, fundamental coach,” Weis said. “But just as important is his energy that he brings with him. I’ve never been around a guy any more energetic than this guy. Sign me up to have his energy at any time the rest of my life and he’s eight years older than me. Sign me up because he just exudes it. He expects it from people around him, the players and coaches, and everyone around him kind of feeds off of that.”
I’ll post a link to a complete transcript later.

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