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Syracuse Football: Get To Know Your Orange Man - #36 Chris Clark

Clark paying his respects, via Facebook
Clark paying his respects, via Facebook

The Get To Know freight train slows back down as we finish up with the newbies...

Name: Christopher Clark

Position: Wide receiver

Year: Junior

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 155

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

High School: Venice/East LA College

2011 Stats: Clark caught 31 passes for over 600 yards and hauled in 11 touchdowns for East Los Angeles College.

2012 Projections: Seriously tough to say at the moment. With his experience and age, you might expect Clark to make a jump quicker than some of the young guys. However, he's entering the season with a wrist injury and it's unknown when he'll be at full strength. Also, he's only in his third year of ever playing football (we'll get to that). There are a lot of guys who might not be as old but who have more experience in the system than him. We could spend this season looking for "flashes" while we wait until next year for Clark to blossom, ala Dorian Graham.

How'd He Get Here?: Clark's got a pretty awesome story that begins with the fact that Clark was originally the ball boy for ELA before he was discovered...

"We didn’t recruit him out of high school," Mojarro said. "He ran track at Dorsey High School (in Los Angeles), a school that produces some pretty good Division I talent. He came out with a couple of kids we had recruited from there and was kind of like their ball boy, running around carrying their pads and stuff. Out of necessity we needed another wide receiver for our scout team and we knew he had run track and played a little football in high school."

All of a sudden, a guy who had never played football before was third on the team in receptions and showcasing enough speed and talent to get noticed by Greg Adkins on one of his West Coast JUCO tours.

What'd Scout/Rivals Say?: Since he didn't even play football until two years ago, absolutely nothing.

Money Quote: Nothing from Clark but here's more from his ELA coach...

"Chris is the nicest kid you’re ever going to meet. And he can fly. I’m real proud of him. Like I said, it’s a great story."

Links of Wonder: Here's Dave Rahme's piece on Clark, how he got his start and what to expect.

What Doug Marrone Thinks: "Chris Clark will be a little bit limited coming off of a wrist." It's not much but hey, at least Marrone knows who he is.

Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Chris is wearing No. 36 this season, which was worn last year by Adonis Ameen-Moore, who is now No. 34.

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