ND’s Weis remains mum about starting quarterback

Published 11:14 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2007

By By SCOTT NOVAK / Niles Daily Star
NILES – One thing is for sure, Charlie Weis can keep a secret.
The Notre Dame coach remained mum about his starting quarterback for Saturday's season opener against Georgia Tech.
The Fighting Irish and Georgia Tech will tee it up at 3:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Stadium.
Quarterback is just one of several question marks for the Fighting Irish heading into the 2007 season, but it seems to be the only one that is drawing interest from fans and the media.
Notre Dame has been working out three quarterbacks and all of them are listed as first string on the team's depth chart as of Tuesday afternoon.
Junior Evan Sharpley, who Chieftain fans will remember from his prep days at Marshall High School, sophomore Demetrius Jones and heralded freshman Jimmy Clausen are battling for the starting position.
Who that will be may be unknown until he trots out to take the first snap of the season.
Weis also didn't rule out using more than one quarterback in the game.
When asked if he knew who the starter and back-up quarterbacks were, Weis said, "yes, I am."
When asked if the quarterbacks knew who was where on the depth chart, he responded, "if they don't, they're brain dead."
Talk about tight-lipped!
Weis was then asked if too much shouldn't be read into who is No. 1 and who is No. 2 when it comes to the entire season.
"The answer to that question is, the No. 1 is No. 1 for a reason," he remarked. "I think that people can play themselves into a role and play themselves out of a role. What you don't want to do is you don't want to be running quarterbacks. That being said, would I ever consider playing more than one quarterback? Absolutely, I would."
There was a change in the Notre Dame depth chart at quarterback and it had nothing to do with the top three candidates.
Darrin Walls has moved up to No. 4 on the chart.
"It's not really Ambrose (Wooden) playing poorly, it's Darrin playing so well," Weis said. "Sometimes there's a change in the depth chart because the guy who's there playing is poorly, but that wasn't the case.
"It's just that Darrin has played so well. We thought that starting a game and having him on the bench is not the way we want to go. We thought that he's … he's just been excellent the whole training camp."