BIO: Became a starter as a true freshman and has since played 44 games with the first team. Senior passing totals were 56.6 percent/2,968/27/9 after junior numbers of 62.6 percent/2,297/11/7. Posted career totals of 64.1 percent/2,969/22/9 as a sophomore. Ranks second on the Volunteers' all-time passing yardage list.
POSITIVES: Productive collegiate quarterback who may not possess the arm strength to play in the NFL. Makes solid reads at the line, patient in the pocket and has a good sense of where his receivers are on the field. Technically sound, puts touch on throws and sells the ball fakes. Accurate over the middle and throws a catchable pass. Leads by example and known as a hard worker off the field.
NEGATIVES: Stares down the primary target, makes poor choices when pressured, forcing the pass into coverage. Cannot zip the outs or drive the deep ball and marginal passing to the flanks to the flanks.
ANALYSIS: Clausen has done a terrific job leading Tennessee the past four seasons, yet does not have the skills which translate well to the next level. An immobile pocket passer with minimal arm strength, he could catch on as a third quarterback asked to hold the clipboard.