Inside and out, short plays and long

Jimmy Clausen looked very good in Notre Dame's opening game. One key for Michigan to stop the Irish offense may be their ability to get pressure on the quarterback. Even if the Wolverines can't get to Clausen for a sack, they could have success making him hurry. Clausen threw the ball under pressure four times against Nevada, and completed a pass three times. However, of the three completions, only one went for positive yards.


Clausen showed the ability to connect with the deep ball and to also make solid throws and decisions in the short game on Saturday.

Notre Dame running back Jonas Gray earned the second spot on the depth chart after he "had a heck of a camp," according to Charlie Weis. Gray had a solid game against Nevada, especially running outside the tackles, where he may be able to find a niche behind Armando Allen.


Allen's and Gray's yards per carry against Nevada varied depending on where the run went.