Clausen hopes to go Carroll-ing

INDIANAPOLIS – Jimmy Clausen has yet to run into Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at the NFL scouting combine, but the quarterback from Notre Dame hopes that changes.

As Clausen just explained to reporters in the media room at Lucas Oil Stadium, his choice of college came down to Notre Dame and USC – where Carroll was the coach.

“I definitely know coach Carroll very, very well,” Clausen said Saturday. “I love coach Carroll and I loved everything about SC. But Notre Dame was the best fit for me.

“But coach Carroll as a person, I love him to death. I haven’t seen him yet, but hopefully I get to see him later.”

What NFL teams want to see from Clausen are the traits – physical, but also intangible – that will allow him to step in and lead a team at the next level. He’s generally considered the No. 2 QB in this draft class behind Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford and drawing interest from teams at the top of the first round. He met Friday night with the Washington Redskins, who have the fourth pick overall; and Buffalo Bills, who are No. 9.

“I think I’m ready,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons I went to Notre Dame, was to best replicate what it’s going to be like playing big time football in the NFL as a rookie.”

Clausen won’t work out here because he’s recovering from surgery on his right foot. Instead, he’ll do his thing for NFL coaches and scouts April 7, when doctors have told him the foot will be healed.

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