Douglass defensive star Deondre Clark made a startling impact at tailback

ALL-STATE FOOTBALL — The LSU commitment became a two-time Oklahoman All-State selection as a defensive lineman. But the most interesting part of his senior campaign was what he did on offense.
by Scott Wright Published: January 5, 2014

There wasn't really anything surprising about what Douglass senior Deondre Clark did as a defensive end this season.

His 22 sacks matched the school-record total of the year before, and he generally wreaked havoc on any offensive lineman that stepped in his way.

For his efforts, the LSU commitment became a two-time Oklahoman All-State selection as a defensive lineman.

But the most interesting part of his senior campaign was what he did on offense.

Clark, a four-year starter at Douglass, played tight end as a freshman and sophomore, then moved to fullback as a junior. But for his senior season, his coach, Willis Alexander, shifted Clark to tailback.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder started getting more and more carries as the season went on.

Alexander joked that he moved Clark to tailback because he wasn't blocking enough at fullback. But the truth was, “we were being too nice to people,” the coach said. “We had this weapon and we were only giving him the ball a couple times a game.”

By the playoffs, Clark was getting 20 or more touches per game. For the year, he averaged less than 15, but still pounded out 1,622 yards and 22 touchdowns on 186 attempts.

“It was a lot of fun playing running back. It was my first year doing it, but I think I had a good year,” Clark said.

Now, it's time for Clark to prepare for the major college level, and he spent his senior season doing as much as he could to get ready for it.

“I tried to work as hard as I could in two-a-days and in the weight room to get ready for college,” he said. “I think I helped my team by being the leader I was supposed to be, and make sure that they knew if they work hard, they could do the same things I was doing, and maybe better.”

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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