SOUTH BEND (AP) - One of the big problems in Notre Dame's 3-9 season last year was the inability to protect freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
He was sacked 34 times, and the Irish gave up a school-record 58 sacks for the season. Now a sophomore, Clausen and the rest of the Irish are hoping the lumps they took last year will lead to better play this season.
Weis says it's just a question of how many of them can make the jump at the same time.
Weis is hoping Clausen will be among those making a significant jump. And Clausen has a different look this year after bulking up from 194 to 217 pounds. Weis calls it a "night-and-day" difference physically.
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Irish look to rebound from last year's 3-9 football record
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