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Stars aligned for Clausen to succeed

Updated: August 20, 2009, 11:20 AM ET
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Casey Clausen remembers watching his little brother Jimmy play quarterback for Notre Dame as a freshman two years ago. One thought stuck in his head.

"I was just hoping he didn't get killed out there," Casey says. "He was a young boy playing against men out there."

Irish fans saw something different. They envisioned Jimmy Clausen as the Golden Boy, the one who would lead their program back to greatness. This was, after all, the No. 1 quarterback recruit ...

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