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Notre Dame faces USC next Saturday

Updated: October 9, 2009, 7:47 PM ET
By Eric Hansen

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- For every seemingly miracle-like moment Jimmy Clausen has concocted on the field this season, there suddenly seems to be 10 such stories about the differences he has made in the people around him.

There's the thread about how the Notre Dame junior quarterback texted backup running back Jonas Gray every day during the summer, reminding him to "get into his playbook," when the sophomore was starting to slide off the depth chart.

"He'd also go over ...

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