Clark (at right), a defensive end from Essex Junction, Vt. (Essex High School), was one of 54 players recognized nationally for outstanding achievement both in the classroom and on the playing field.
Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials. The nominees must have reached their second year of athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution.
Clark, who was a two-time member of the Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District 2 All-Academic Team, owns a cumulative grade point average of. 3.66 as an exercise physiology major. He will graduate later this month and plans to attend physician’s assistant school.
A Dean’s List student, Clark has earned Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll notice three times, is a member of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, and won the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Elks Club Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011.
He has also been a volunteer with Special Olympics, Newark Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, A.I. duPont Children's Hospital, and March of Dimes Relay for Life.
On the field, Clark was a former walk-on who earned four letters and was a second-year starter at defensive end for the Blue Hens in 2012. He started the first five games of the season before suffering a season-ending foot injury vs. New Hampshire and finished the season with 10 tackles and recovered a fumble.
For his career, he has played in 33 games with 21 starts and recorded 45 tackles. He played a key role for the 2010 Blue Hen team that went 12-3, captured the CAA title, led the nation in scoring defense, and advanced to the FCS national championship game.
Clark was among four award recipients from the Colonial Athletic Association, joining offensive lineman Michael Davis of Georgia State, punter Jonathan Plisco of Old Dominion, and offensive lineman Chris Zarkozkie of New Hampshire.
"The FCS ADA is pleased to honor the accomplishments of our football student-athletes each year with our Academic All-Star Team," said FCS ADA President Ron Strollo, director of athletics at Youngstown State University. "The accolades of these young men both in the classroom and on the field epitomize the definition of student-athlete and our Association looks forward to recognizing their accomplishments annually."
A special Review Committee of Football Championship Subdivision athletics directors was responsible for selecting the all-star team and scholarship finalists. Completing this task were Ron Strollo, Youngstown State (chair); Ken Beazer, Southern Utah; Charlie Cobb, Appalachian State; Brian Hutchinson, Morehead State; Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth; and Jeff Tingey, Idaho State.