Frank Clark (American football)

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Frank Clark
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Clark with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015
No. 55 Seattle Seahawks
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-06-14) June 14, 1993 (age 27)
Place of birth: Bakersfield, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Cleveland (OH) Glenville
College: Michigan
NFL draft: 2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 63
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2015
Total tackles: 15
Sacks: 3.0
Forced fumbles: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Frank Clark (born June 14, 1993) is an American football defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). Clark was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round, 63rd overall pick of the 2015 NFL draft. He played in college for the Michigan Wolverines football team before his dismissal for charges relating to domestic violence. As a junior, he was a 2013 All-Big Ten second team selection by the coaches and honorable mention selection by the media for the 2013 team.

High school

In high school, Clark played numerous positions for head coach Ted Ginn, Sr. at Glenville High School, but he was least interested in playing the position that Ginn felt he was most naturally suited to play (outside linebacker/rush defensive end).[1] The position he was most interested in playing was safety.[2] As a senior, he recorded 70 tackles and 19 sacks on defense, and caught 12 passes, including three for touchdowns on offense.

In track & field, Clark competed in events ranging from sprints, hurdles and jumps. He had bests of 23.5 seconds in the 200-meter dash, 15.53 seconds in the 110m hurdles, 39.55 seconds in the 300m hurdles, 1.88 meters (or 6-2) in the high jump, 6.37 meters (20-5) in the long jump and 13.07 meters (42-7.75) in the triple jump.[3][4] He also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds.

Clark was a three-star nationally rated player at outside linebacker,[5] tight end,[6] and defensive end.[7] He signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan on February 2, 2011.[8]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Frank Clark
TE/OLB/DE
Cleveland, Ohio Glenville High School (OH) 6 ft 2.5 in (1.89 m) 207.5 lb (94.1 kg) 4.53 Feb 2, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 33 (TE)   Rivals: 52 (OLB)  ESPN: 83 (DE), 46 (OH)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

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College career

As a freshman for the 2011 Wolverines, Clark had an interception that set up one of Michigan's two touchdowns in the January 3, 2012 Sugar Bowl.[9] In the following offseason leading up to the season opener for the 2012 team against Alabama, Clark was suspended from the team for felony second-degree home invasion, for alleged theft of a MacBook Air.[10] He was allowed to return to practice a few weeks later.[11] He eventually pleaded guilty to the felony charge after missing one week. He was subject to punishment not more than 15 years in prison and $3,000 fine, but was eligible for sentencing under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which would expunge the record upon satisfaction of probation requirements.[12] Clark had quarterback sacks in each of the team's two final regular season games against Iowa and Ohio State.[13]

In Clark's first two years at Michigan he added over 60 pounds (27.22 kg), without losing any speed.[2] On September 21, he had 1.5 sacks against Connecticut,[14] including one on third down during Connecticut's final possession as the 2013 Wolverines clung to a 24–21 lead.[15] He also had two sacks against Penn State on October 12 and ran back a fumble recovery for a touchdown, although it was not enough to help Michigan avert its first loss of the season.[14][16] Following the regular season, he was recognized as a second team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and an honorable mention selection by the media.[17][18] On Sunday November 16, 2014, Clark was arrested for domestic violence and dismissed from the football team.[19]

Pre-draft

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 271 lb 34​38 in 10​18 in 4.64 s 4.05 s 7.08 s 39.11 in 9 ft 10 in 19 reps
Values from NFL Combine and Michigan Pro Day[20][21]

Professional career

Clark was drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 63rd overall selection by the Seattle Seahawks.[22][23] Clark spent the 2015 season as a backup to Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril at defensive end.[24] Clark had 2 tackles in week 3 against the Chicago Bears on September 27.[25] On November 29, Clark had a sack against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[26] On December 6 against the Minnesota Vikings, Clark had 2 sacks.[27] In the divisional round of the 2015–16 NFL playoffs against the Carolina Panthers Clark had 1 sack.[28]

Notes

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  3. http://oh.milesplit.com/meets/94476#.VRnlY2iUdU0
  4. http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=112488#8201
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  10. Meinke, Kyle (2012-07-23). "Frank Clark, facing home invasion charge, is 2nd Michigan football player suspended". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  15. "(15) Michigan 24 (4-0, 1-0 away); Connecticut 21 (0-3, 0-3 home) (Play-By-Play)". ESPN. 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-12-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Bill Belton's 2-yard TD run puts Penn St. by No. 18 Michigan in 4 OTs". ESPN. 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2013-12-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  24. "Seahawks Rookie Defensive End Frank Clark In Line For More Snaps vs San Francisco 49ers". Seahawks.com. 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2016-01-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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