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Diamond in the Rough: OG Brian Clarke, Bloomsburg

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Bloomsburg Guard, Brian Clarke

School: Bloomsburg

No.: 77

Ht.: 6’3”            Wt.: 290

Pos.: RG

Year: Senior

 

Game Notes:

 

(2013) @Kutztown

Clarke was very solid in hook, and drive blocks. He is a Nasty blocker, who consistently opened up holes for Quiteh. He likes to hop back when pulling and is a quick puller. Clarke’s favorite block is definitely the cut block, which he used in all over the field. He had great pad level the whole game and won every run snap. On several plays, he Stood up defensive lineman with his strength and great anchor ability. Clarke demonstrated Good explosion and hip flexibility out of his stance and gets to the second level very quickly. A play that stands out was when Clarke used a Cut block to an off play linebacker in second level to iso Quiteh downfield. Quiteh reached the endzone on the play, but was called back on a holding penalty. On another play, Clarke pushed a defensive lineman off the line to open running lane, but let the defender disengage to make the stop. The best part about Clarke’s game was that he became a nastier and more dominant blocker the longer the game went on. He also showed his great upper body strength with a huge punch between the shoulder pads on a defender, knocking him to the floor. Overall, Clarke helped Franklyn Quiteh gain 178 yards and 2 TD’s on the day.

Highlights:

 

Clarke was part of an offensive line that helped Franklyn Quiteh gain 1,192 yards in 2011 and 2,121 yards in 2012. After three games, Quiteh has gained 583 yards. Clarke is a highly accomplished lineman. Amongst other acknowledgments, Clarke earned 2011 & 2012 First Team All-PSAC, 2011 Second & 2012 First Team Daktronics All Super Regional, and 2012 Second Team All-American by D2football.com. Clarke is currently listed as a 2013 pre-season 1st team All American by D2football.com and BSN. Additionally, Phil Steele cites Clarke as the #1 offensive lineman in Division 2, and the 11th overall football player currently playing division 2 football.

Verdict:

 

Brian Clarke definitely has a future at the next level. He is a very polished run blocker, who has dominated opposing defensive lineman in Division 2 football. Clarke’s strengths are his tremendous quickness and agility, football intelligence,  strength, and above all, his nastiness in the trenches. Although Clarke is very strong, he is not merely a mauler on the line. His play style favors polished technique and speed as opposed to out muscling the guy in front of him. Teams like Houston, Washington, Philadelphia, and the New England could pique interest in Clarke.

I would like to see Clarke finish his drive blocks through the whistle, and while his run blocking is a thing of beauty, his pass blocking game could use a little work. Additionally, standing at 6’3” 290 lbs, Clarke will be criticized for being slightly underweight when compared to the +300 pound blockers who currently populate NFL offensive lines. However, his size likens to current Redskins Guard, 6’2”, 292 pound, Kory Lichtensteiger, who signed a 5 year, 17.5 million dollar deal in March.

For now, I view Clarke as being a prospect who could see  himself get drafted in the sixth or seventh rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, but regardless of when he is selected, I expect him to be on an NFL training camp roster come next summer.

 

–Daniel Jonsson–
@HighDesertScout
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