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Holtz sees success for Clausen

Former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen wasn't taken in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.

Clausen will likely be selected today in the second round, and former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz said Clausen has the ability to succeed in the NFL and expected the quarterback to be taken in Round 1.

"I think Jimmy Clausen has a very strong arm," Holtz said Thursday before speaking at the Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. "He is exceptionally accurate. I think he has excellent peripheral vision. You look at the touchdowns he through compared to the number of interceptions. He also had great receivers in (Golden) Tate and (Michael) Floyd, and the tight end (Kyle Rudolph). I think the strength of his arm and the accuracy gives him a tremendous chance to be successful."

Clausen threw for 3,722 yards, with 28 touchdowns and four interceptions last season. He completed 289 of 425 passes and averaged 310.2 passing yards per game.

For his career, Clausen started 22 of 23 games and threw for 8,148 yards with 60 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.

Another player likely to be selected in the second or third round today is Tate.

The receiver led the Irish with 1,496 receiving yards last season and caught 15 touchdown passes. He ran for 195 yards and had two rushing touchdowns, along with returning 12 punts for 171 yards. Tate returned one punt for a touchdown.

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