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Jones using his Notre Dame experience as kindling

Updated: May 1, 2008, 9:12 AM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

CINCINNATI -- As Demetrius Jones relaxed in his apartment shortly before Cincinnati's first scrimmage of the spring, he let his mind rewind to a different time and place.

Almost exactly a year earlier, he stood on the field at Notre Dame Stadium, competing in the Blue-Gold game. A record crowd of 51,852 had come to study him and the other three contenders -- Jimmy Clausen, Evan Sharpley and Zach Frazer -- vying for the coveted Fighting Irish starting quarterback spot.

"I ...

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