Despite rumors, Clausen's freshman season not in question
And even if the worst-case scenario were true -- that Clausen had surgery and his recovery will force him to miss part, or all, of his freshman season, Notre Dame fans with any sense of memory will recall that under such duress are championship-caliber teams made. In '93, Powlus, slated as the starter, broke his collarbone during the final preseason scrimmage. The blue-chip from Berwick, Pa., would miss the season. Unheralded senior Kevin McDougal took over and led the Irish within a last-second Boston College field goal of the national championship.
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