|CLAUSEN'S PERSONAL FILE|
Full Name: Richard James Clausen
Born: June 29, 1982
Coach at Taft High School: Troy Starr
Coach at Louisiana State University: Nick Saban
TENNESSEE TRIVIA - Tennessee's two southpaw quarterbacks in 2004 -- Clausen and Brent Schaeffer -- were first lefthanders to start at QB for Vols since Todd Helton in 1994 ... Brother of former Vol quarterback Casey Clausen ... Graduated May 2005 with communication studies degree.
2005 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic Offensive MVP
CAREER GAMES/STARTS - 10/5
2004 - Games/Starts: 7/4 ... Made most of late-season starting opportunity to lead Vols to SEC Championship Game and victory in Cotton Bowl ... SEC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 349 yards and two touchdowns in come-from-behind win over Kentucky ... Added Cotton Bowl Offensive MVP honors for his 18-of-27 passing performance for 222 yards and career-best three TDs ... Thorough knowledge of Vols' offensive playbook made him valuable early-season asset on sidelines as he helped develop UT's freshman quarterbacks ... First true UT game action came during entire second half of Notre Dame game after starter Erik Ainge separated his shoulder ... Threw for 120 yards and one interception on 10-of-18 passing vs. Fighting Irish ... Made first UT start (started one 2002 game for LSU) at Vanderbilt and completed 19-of-30 for 189 yards and two TDs ... Led Vols to 28-0 halftime lead in Cotton Bowl with four first-half scoring drives ... After throwing five interceptions during three-game November stretch, ended season with streak of 51 consecutive pass attempts without turnover ... Awarded scholarship status prior to spring practice.
2003 - Sat out as transfer from LSU.
2002 - Games/Starts: 3/1 ... Appeared in three games for LSU, gaining start versus Mississippi ... Finished rookie year 5-of-12 for 35 yards with one interception.
2001 - Redshirted at LSU.
HIGH SCHOOL - Enrolled at LSU in January 2001 ... Named All-America by Blue Chip Illustrated, SuperPrep and Prepstar ... All-League, All-City and All-South California after completing 264-of-430 passes for 3,361 yards and 38 touchdowns as senior ... Led team to 10-3 record that year and berth in state playoffs ... Selected to Los Angeles Times High School All-America squad and earned newspaper's California Player of the Week nod ... Academic All-State and also played basketball.