Little All-City football: Douglass' Deondre Clark has ideal combination of size, speed and power

LITTLE ALL-CITY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Deondre Clark had a school-record 22 sacks, 99 tackles and 20 quarterback hurries this season, while vaulting himself up the list of the state's most sought-after junior prospects.
by Scott Wright Published: December 20, 2012
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photo - Little All-City defensive player of the year Deondre Clark of Douglass poses for a photo in Oklahoma City Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Little All-City defensive player of the year Deondre Clark of Douglass poses for a photo in Oklahoma City Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“The biggest thing I learned was to stick with the team that stays loyal to you the whole time,” he said. “I'll wait until the time is right to commit.”

With his senior season still ahead, Deondre Clark will work to refine his craft, which includes closely watching the nuances of the NFL's best pass rushers' moves.

And he'll get the chance to keep showing his offensive skills as well. This year, he rushed for 275 yards on 48 carries from the fullback position, and added 160 yards on nine receptions with seven total touchdowns, all while opening holes for tailbacks Chris High and Chavez Wyatt.

“We were helping teams out a lot last year by having Deondre at tight end, not giving him the football,” Alexander said. “He's a threat when we give it to him, so we put him in a position to utilize that talent.”

Clark played as a freshman in 2010, when the Trojans were state champions, and he wants to feel that joy again, especially after this year's frustrating end.

“We feel like we let ourselves down at Douglass,” he said. “But there were a lot of positives. We were a group of young guys that tried to come together as one. We didn't make the plays, got put out early.

“But we learned from everything, and hopefully all the young guys can come back next year and we can win a title.”


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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