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QB Jimmy Clausen & WR Golden Tate Turn Pro
Photo – WR Golden Tate - Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame junior QB Jimmy Clausen and junior receiver Golden Tate announced in a joint press conference Monday that they intend to forgo their final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft 2010. Clausen leaves Notre Dame ranked first or second in 32 Irish passing categories including tops in career completion percentage, completions per game for a career and tied for first in lowest career interception percentage. He completed 695 of 1,110 pass attempts for 8,148 yards with 60 TDs and 27 interceptions while starting 34 of 35 games played for his three seasons with the Irish.
The 6-3, 223-pound QB completed his best season at Notre Dame this fall while completing 68% of his passes for 3,722 yards with 28 TDs and just 4 interceptions. Clausen set a new Irish record by passing for at least 300 yards in seven games, in addition to four 4th quarter comebacks for victories that are the most in a season by an ND passer.
Clausen said. "The Notre Dame experience has been a positive one and the highlight of my young career and wouldn't change it for anything. I want to thank Coach Weis and Coach Powlus as well as all the other coaches and staff that include the trainers, doctors, equipment managers, academic support, and everyone associated with the football program, especially Joe Montana and Joe Theismann. "I want to thank each one of my teammates for always being there for me through all the trials and tribulations the past 3 years. I would also like to thank my teachers and professors, fellow students, athletic director Jack Swarbrick, Father Jenkins and the entire Notre Dame Nation for all their support. Notre Dame has the best fans in the country. I will always be a Golden Domer For Life!
Tate departs as one of the most prolific receivers in Notre Dame history recording 2,707 receiving yards on 157 receptions with 26 TDs. Tate set Notre Dame's career receiving record in the final game of the 2009 season and also registered more games with at least 100 receiving yards in a season and in a career than any other Irish player. He ranks second in career TD receptions and is tied for third in career receptions. He is also an American Football Coaches Association All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist after he flourished in his third season as a receiver totaling 93 catches for 1,496 yards and 15 receiving TDs. During the ’09 season, he set school records this year for most receptions and receiving yards in a season and tied the school mark for most TD receptions in a year. He added two rushing TDs and one punt return for a TD and totaled 1,915 all-purpose yards, 2nd most in Irish history.
"First off, I would like to thank God my savior without him none if this would be possible," Tate said. ""I would also like to thank my family, especially my mother and father for always being there. I have so much respect for someone who can raise a knucklehead like myself. They have done a great job.
"This was a very tough decision for me," Tate said. "I have made so many great friends at Notre Dame and the coaching I received in football and baseball has been the best. But after talking with my family and Coach Weis, I am going to pursue my dream and enter next year's NFL draft.
Underclassmen Declared for the NFL Draft 2010
Sam Bradford - QB - 6-4, 220 - Oklahoma - Jr
Jimmy Clausen - QB - 6-3, 220 - Notre Dame - Jr
Dez Bryant - WR - 6-1, 215 - Oklahoma St - Jr
Dezmon Briscoe – WR - 6-2, 200 - Kansas - Jr
Golden Tate - WR - 5-10, 190 - Notre Dame - Jr
Abe Koroma - DT - 6-3. 317 - Western Illinois - Jr
Date for declaring for the NFL Draft 2010 for underclassmen is January 15, 2010 Players have three days after the declaration date to rescind and change their minds and return to school for the College 2010 season.