Let us not forget about Demetrius Jones. He was Notre Dame's starting quarterback in the 2007 opener against Georgia Tech. He attempted three passes, completed one, and ran for a team-high 28 yards before he was pulled in the first half of the 33-3 loss. Less than two weeks later, Jones left and enrolled at Northern Illinois.
One problem: Crewcut Charlie Weis wouldn't release Jones from his scholarship. Some control thing about the kid not talking with the coach first.
After an avalanche of negative publicity, Crewcut finally gave in and said Jones could transfer, but not to Northern Illinois. Some control thing about a list of banned schools that included Northern Illinois.
Jones finally landed at Cincinnati and although the quarterback says he has nothing against Crewcut, it's clear to Jones that the big guy never intended for him to be the starter.
"I'm not stupid," Jones told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I've never seen a quarterback lose a position in a quarter. It doesn't take me much to read between the lines to see that that was [Jimmy Clausen's] position even before he came there and I was just in an unfortunate situation."
"As a man, I'm able to look clear-cut at that. That was basically the plan, for that to be his position."
Jones told the paper that the only reason he started against Georgia Tech was to protect Clausen.
"You've got to look at Georgia Tech and their defense," he said. "Who wants to put a freshman out there against a whole bunch of guys from the South who are going to be running around blitzing? That's why he didn't send him into the game until the third group was out there."