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article imageNotre Dame's Top Players Enter NFL Draft

By Kristofor Molson     Dec 7, 2009 in Sports
Top Notre Dame Irish players quarterback Jimmy Clausen and wide receiver Golden Tate will forgo their college eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
After Head Coach Charlie Weis left it was only a matter of time before players decided to leave for another college or the NFL draft. Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen was the first one to leave as he opted not to return for his senior year and enter the NFL draft. Moments later, wide receiver Golden Tate announced that he too will enter the draft.
Jimmy Clausen was a three year starter at the University of Notre Dame. He was highly recruited coming out of high school and started as a freshman leading the Irish to a 3-9 record. Jimmy followed up that dismal year with a decent season by leading his team to a 7-6 record and a Sheraton Hawaii Bowl win. This year Jimmy Clausen had high hopes for his junior year, but it didn't end well. Jimmy Clausen was a Heisman hopeful and lead his team to three comeback wins, but declined in the Heisman race as the team finished 6-6.
Wide receiver Golden Tate came to the Irish the same year as Jimmy Clausen, but was seldom used. Tate became a focal point for Jimmy Clausen and the Notre Dame offense by catching more than 50 passes over a thousand yards and scoring 10 touchdowns. Tate came into his own this year and proved he was a big time receiver by leading the Irish receiving core with 93 catches for almost 1500 yards and 15 touchdowns.
These two players were the main reason for Notre Dame football semi success this year. With the firing of their head coach and not going to a bowl game the decision to enter the NFL draft was almost a no brainer.
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