Clark hopes to capitalize on first start
Special to The
Palm Beach Post
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
BOCA RATON — Andre Clark made the most of his
surprising first start for Florida Atlantic. The redshirt
freshman from Miami led the Owls with 11 tackles
in FAU's 23-3 loss to Oklahoma State
"He has a knack for
finding the football," said Kurt Van Valkenburgh
assistant head coach and linebacker coach. "There were a couple of times
State) he did everything
wrong but still made the play."
played in the season-opening loss at Kansas
but didn't record a tackle, said he didn't think he'd be starting this early in
"They just told me it was
my turn," Clark said. "I didn't
expect to be in the mix this early."
Now that Clark
has cracked the starting lineup, he's prepared to stay. He will join Shomari Earls and Cergile Sincere
as the starting linebacker corps trying to stop a potent Minnesota offense Saturday.
The Gophers' ground attack
averages 328 yards per game, third in the nation. Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney is second in the nation, averaging 168 yards per
Noteworthy: Palm Beach Gardens
grad Earls returned to practice Tuesday and will start Saturday. Earls suffered
a neck stinger in Thursday's loss to Oklahoma
State. ... Punter Mike
Brown is wearing a boot to protect his sprained left (non-kicking) foot. Brown
may have the boot off by Thursday and plans to play Saturday.
Georgia's Brown may be sidelined: Bulldogs tailback Thomas Brown, the
fourth-leading rusher in the Southeastern Conference, said Tuesday a shoulder
injury probably will keep him out of Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe.
Brown, a sophomore from
Tucker, rushed for 144 yards on 20 carries in the Bulldogs' 17-15 win over South Carolina last
Saturday. He suffered a slight separation of his right shoulder in the game.
Oklahoma's Peterson uncertain: Sooners
coach Bob Stoops said he'll decide later this week whether suspended tailback
Adrian Peterson will start Saturday against UCLA.
Peterson, who rushed for 220
yards and three touchdowns in Oklahoma's 31-15
win against Tulsa
on Saturday, was suspended from practice Monday and Tuesday after missing