Central Oklahoma's Marquez Clark shines in UCO's loss to Central Missouri

The junior from Texarkana, Texas, finished with 12 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. And that was just a typical day in the world of Clark, who figures to rate as one of UCO's finest receivers once his brief Division II career is finished.
by Scott Munn Published: October 19, 2013
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— Steve Largent. Lynn Swann. Wes Welker.

All three are receivers who are not that big and not very intimidating to look at, even in a pad-fortified football suit.

But the impact they've made has been nothing short of insurmountable.

Marquez Clark, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound wide receiver, carries that kind of freight for the University of Central Oklahoma.

UCO dropped a 48-16 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association decision to Central Missouri on Saturday afternoon at Wantland Stadium, but not before Clark made his mark.

The junior from Texarkana, Texas, described by a couple press box patrons as “the best player in the entire conference” or “the real deal” finished with 12 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. And that was just a typical day in the world of Clark, who figures to rate as one of UCO's finest receivers once his brief Division II career is finished.

“He is a good football player, a really good football player,” UCO coach Nick Bobeck said. “I'm proud of him. He's done a whole lot for our football team.”

Clark was a D-I target coming out of Navarro Junior College (Texas). As a sophomore, Clark set a National Junior College Athletic Association single-season receiving record with 1,639 yards and 14 touchdowns on 98 receptions. The first-team All-American signed with Kansas State out of junior college but failed to meet academic requirements.

He decided to enroll at UCO, which hired former Navarro head man Bobeck as its coach. Bobeck brought along quarterback Adrian Nelson, who, with Clark's assistance, set several passing records at Navarro. Although Clark still had to sit out the 2012 UCO season, the Nelson-to-Clark chemistry has continued this fall. The roommates have connected 41 times this season for 736 yards and four touchdowns.

Only once this season has Clark finished a ballgame under 100 yards receiving — and that was still a respectable 99 yards and TD on eight catches during a Sept. 14 game vs. Pittsburg State (Kan.).


by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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