Position: Defensive Line
Height /Weight: 6-3 / 235
Hometown: Essex Junction, Vt.
High School: Essex HS
Major: Exercise Physiology
At Delaware: Fifth-year player whose experience and intelligence will be key as the Blue Hens look to improve on the defensive front • expected to handle starting duties at right end for second straight season • did not decide to return for final season until after spring practice • will earn degree in January, 2013 • hard-working former walk-on • one of the team’s most technically sound players and rarely misses an assignment • outstanding student who will be a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American nominee • National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award nominee • lone player on the team from the state of Vermont • has seen action in 28 career game with 16 starts and has recorded 35 tackles, including one sack.
2011 Season: Earned second career letter as a first-year starter at defensive end • played in all 11 games and started every contest except William & Mary at mid-season • ranked fifth among UD down linemen with 18 tackles, including eight solo stops • had at least one tackle in every game with a season-high three each vs. Navy and Old Dominion • also posted two tackles each against William & Mary, Massachusetts, and Towson • named first team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District-2 • also earned spot on Colonial Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll and National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society • co-winner of Newark Elks Club Scholar-Athlete Award • team went 7-4 under head coach K.C. Keeler.
2010 Season: Enjoyed an outstanding first season as a regular on the Blue Hen defense that led the nation in total defense, allowing just 12 points per game • participated in all 15 games, earning six starts • filled in nicely at end when Chris Morales missed four games with an early-season suspension and when Atunrase was injured for two games late in the campaign • recorded 17 total tackles, including a season-high three against Villanova in the regular season finale • had one sack for seven yards vs. Maine • also a key member on the punt protection that has not allowed a punt to be blocked • named to the Colonial Athletic Association Academic All-Conference team • Delaware defense led the nation in scoring defense at 12.1 points per game and ranked No. 5 in total defense (280.7 yards per game)…team went 12-3 and advanced to the FCS national title game under Keeler.
2009 Season: Saw action in two games as a reserve defensive lineman in second season with the Blue Hens • played in games vs. West Chester and Towson but did not record a tackle • team went 6-5 under Keeler.
2008 Season: Did not see game action as a true freshman and retained freshman eligibility • team went 4-8.
High School: Played football, ice hockey, and lacrosse at Essex Junction High School • captain of all three teams • three-year starter at defensive end and tight end for head coach Bill Mayville • two-time all-league selection as a tight end and defensive end • three-year starter as a left winger in ice hockey • led team to three straight conference championships • three-year starter in lacrosse as a defender • earned All-American honors as a senior • led team to two league titles • National Honor Society student.
Personal: Ethan Michael Clark • born July 3, 1990 • son of Alan Clark • has an older brother • honor student as an exercise physiology major at Delaware with a minor in biology • enrolled in UD Honors Program • earned degree in May, 2012 • Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American nominee • uncle, Ed Harvey, played football and baseball at Connecticut • cousin, Matt Harvey, was a standout pitcher in baseball at the University of North Carolina and was a first round draft pick of the New York Mets in June, 2010 • cousin, Jessica Harvey, played softball at UMass-Lowell.
Career Defensive Statistics at Delaware
Career-High Tackles: 3 vs. Villanova, 2010; vs. Navy, Old Dominion, 2011