Frank Clark (American football)

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Frank Clark
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Clark with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015
No. 55 – Seattle Seahawks
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1993-06-14) June 14, 1993 (age 25)
Bakersfield, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Cleveland (OH) Glenville
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 63
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles: 95
Sacks: 22.0
Forced fumbles: 5
Fumble recoveries: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Frank Clark (born June 14, 1993) is an American football defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). Clark was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round, 63rd overall pick of the 2015 NFL draft. He played in college for the Michigan Wolverines football team until his senior season. As a junior, he was a 2013 All-Big Ten second team selection by the coaches and honorable mention selection by the media for the 2013 team.

High school career

In high school, Clark played numerous positions for head coach Ted Ginn, Sr. at Glenville High School, but he was least interested in playing the position that Ginn felt he was most naturally suited to play (outside linebacker/rush defensive end).[1] The position he was most interested in playing was safety.[2] As a senior, he recorded 70 tackles and 19 sacks on defense, and caught 12 passes, including three for touchdowns on offense.

In track & field, Clark competed in events ranging from sprints, hurdles and jumps. He had bests of 23.5 seconds in the 200-meter dash, 15.53 seconds in the 110m hurdles, 39.55 seconds in the 300m hurdles, 1.88 meters (or 6-2) in the high jump, 6.37 meters (20-5) in the long jump and 13.07 meters (42-7.75) in the triple jump.[3][4] He also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds.

Clark was a three-star nationally rated player at outside linebacker,[5] tight end,[6] and defensive end.[7] He signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan on February 2, 2011.[8]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Frank Clark
TE/OLB/DE
Cleveland, Ohio Glenville High School (OH) 6 ft 2.5 in (1.89 m) 207.5 lb (94.1 kg) 4.53 Feb 2, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 33 (TE)   Rivals: 52 (OLB)  ESPN: 83 (DE), 46 (OH)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Michigan Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  • "2011 Michigan Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  • "2011 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 

College career

Clark with Michigan, 2012

As a freshman for the 2011 Wolverines, Clark had an interception that set up one of Michigan's two touchdowns in the January 3, 2012 Sugar Bowl.[9] In the following offseason leading up to the season opener for the 2012 team against Alabama, Clark was suspended from the team for felony second-degree home invasion, for alleged theft of a MacBook Air.[10] He was allowed to return to practice a few weeks later.[11] He eventually pleaded guilty to the felony charge after missing one week. He was subject to punishment not more than 15 years in prison and $3,000 fine, but was eligible for sentencing under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which would expunge the record upon satisfaction of probation requirements.[12] Clark had quarterback sacks in each of the team's two final regular season games against Iowa and Ohio State.[13]

In Clark's first two years at Michigan he added over 60 pounds (27.22 kg), without losing any speed.[2] On September 21, he had 1.5 sacks against Connecticut,[14] including one on third down during Connecticut's final possession as the 2013 Wolverines clung to a 24–21 lead.[15] He also had two sacks against Penn State on October 12 and ran back a fumble recovery for a touchdown, although it was not enough to help Michigan avert its first loss of the season.[14][16] Following the regular season, he was recognized as a second team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and an honorable mention selection by the media.[17][18] On Sunday, November 16, 2014, Clark was arrested for domestic violence and dismissed from the football team.[19]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
271 lb
(123 kg)
34 38 in
(0.87 m)
10 18 in
(0.26 m)
4.64 s 4.05 s 7.08 s 39.11 in
(0.99 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
19 reps
Values from NFL Combine and Michigan Pro Day[20][21]

Clark was drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 63rd overall selection by the Seattle Seahawks.[22][23] He spent the 2015 season as a backup to Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril at defensive end.[24] Clark had 2 tackles in week 3 against the Chicago Bears on September 27.[25] On November 29, Clark had a sack against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[26] On December 6 against the Minnesota Vikings, Clark had 2 sacks.[27] In the divisional round of the 2015–16 NFL playoffs against the Carolina Panthers Clark had 1 sack.[28]

Clark finished the 2016 regular season with 10 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.[29]

During the offseason on May 9, 2017, Clark was criticized for a tweet he directed at Bleacher Report journalist Natalie Weiner. Weiner had previously written about Clark's domestic violence arrest. Clark told Weiner that "People like you don’t have long careers in your field. I have a job for you cleaning my fish tanks when that lil job is ova."[30]

Notes

  1. ^ Snyder, Mark (August 11, 2013). "Michigan football: Frank Clark's prep coach could see future was at DE before he could". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hogg, Dave (August 19, 2013). "Frank Clark adds muscle, retains speed". FOX Sports. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://oh.milesplit.com/meets/94476#.VRnlY2iUdU0
  4. ^ http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=112488#8201
  5. ^ "Frank Clark". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Frank Clark". Scout.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Frank Clark". ESPN. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Michigan Recruiting: Frank Clark of Glenville Commits to Brady Hoke's Wolverines". Bleacher Report. February 2, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Brendan Gibbons' OT FG boots Michigan past Va. Tech, to Sugar Bowl title". ESPN. January 3, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ Meinke, Kyle (July 23, 2012). "Frank Clark, facing home invasion charge, is 2nd Michigan football player suspended". AnnArbor.com. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ Snyder, Mark (August 12, 2012). "Pair of suspended Michigan players to return to practice". USA Today. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ Meinke, Kyle (September 12, 2012). "Frank Clark's status with Michigan won't change after felony plea, Brady Hoke says". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Frank Clark Game By Game Stats (2012)". ESPN. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Frank Clark Game By Game Stats (2013)". ESPN. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ "(15) Michigan 24 (4-0, 1-0 away); Connecticut 21 (0-3, 0-3 home) (Play-By-Play)". ESPN. September 21, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Bill Belton's 2-yard TD run puts Penn St. by No. 18 Michigan in 4 OTs". ESPN. October 12, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Lewan, Funchess Earn Top Big Ten Position Awards". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  18. ^ "2013 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). CSTV.com. December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Wolverines dismiss DE Frank Clark". ESPN. November 17, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  20. ^ "DL098 Frank Clark DE Michigan", NFL.com, retrieved February 24, 2015 .
  21. ^ "Devin Funchess, Frank Clark shine at Michigan's pro day", NFL.com, retrieved December 12, 2015 .
  22. ^ "2015 NFL Draft Central". BigTen.org. CBS Interaction. May 2, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Funchess Selected by Panthers; Clark Goes to Seahawks in Second Round". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. May 1, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Seahawks Rookie Defensive End Frank Clark In Line For More Snaps vs San Francisco 49ers". Seahawks.com. November 19, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Chicago Bears 0; 26 Seattle Seahawks". ESPN. September 27, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers 30 6-5, 2-3 Away;Seattle Seahawks 39 6-5, 4-2 Home". ESPN. November 30, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Seattle Seahawks 38 7-5, 3-3 Away; Minnesota Vikings 7, 8-4, 4-2 Home". ESPN. December 6, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Seattle Seahawks 10-6, 5-3 Away 24; 31 Carolina Panthers 15-1, 8-0 Home". ESPN. January 17, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Frank Clark Stats Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  30. ^ Florio, Mike (May 10, 2017). "Frank Clark would prefer that we not mention his domestic violence incident". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 10, 2017. 

External links

  • Official bio at Michigan
  • Clark at ESPN.com
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