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93 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Davis Clark

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In which BracketCat counts down the 93rd day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of defensive end Davis Clark.

#44 Kyle Ball
One of the biggest mysteries of 2016 was the complete disappearance of Davis Clark, who went from key reserve in the four-man rotation at defensive end to not collecting a single statistic. The emergence of Kyle Ball might have had something to do with the latter.
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#93 Davis Clark

Redshirt Senior | 6-2 | 260 lbs. | Overland Park, Kansas
Davis Clark
Davis Clark
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String (Tie)
  • Status: On Scholarship

Davis Matthew Clark (b. Aug. 20, 1994) is a hard-working in-state product who originally walked on at K-State before earning a scholarship as a junior. He will look to compete for more playing time in 2017 while also contributing on special teams.

Clark, who prepped at Blue Valley High School West under head coach Scott Wright, first came in as a defensive tackle, but he redshirted in 2013 and did not see any game action in 2014. Like C.J. Reese, his lack of weight gain led to a move to defensive end.

A three-year letter-winner who was named an all-state performer at defensive end by The Topeka Capital-Journal, Clark also was an all-league honoree at both defensive end and tight end as a senior in 2012.

He earned honorable-mention all-league accolades as a junior in 2011, then helped to lead his team to an 8-3 record, and district and regional championships, as a senior.

Clark surprised everyone in 2015, his breakout season, by cracking the two-deep at defensive end and contributing as a key reserve. He saw time in five games, totaling three tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and half a sack.

Clark recorded two tackles — both for loss — against South Dakota, while his half-sack came at UTSA. He also played against Kansas, West Virginia and in the 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Arkansas.

But in 2016, Clark was squeezed out of the rotation by up-and-comers such as Kyle Ball and Reggie Walker. He played in four games — Stanford, Missouri State, West Virginia and Texas Tech — but did not record any statistics. A presumed injury kept him off the field for the rest of the season and in the recent spring game.

However, I list Clark in a tie for third-string status because of his experience and fifth-year status, which should make him competitive with Osvelt Joseph if he heals well.