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    Colby Clark
    Colby Clark

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Austin, Texas

    High School:
    Westlake

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 290

    Position:
    DT

    Birthdate:
    06/26/1982



    General: Closed his career by becoming one of NU's true "ironmen" -- never missed a practice or game due to injury ... Finished career with an NU-record 47 starts ... A solid, consistent performer at defensive tackle ... Closed career with 230 tackles and 22.5 TFL's.

    2004: Recipient of a special NU Achievement Award, given for not missing a practice or game (for career) due to injury ... Fourth-year starting defensive tackle ... Totaled three tackles and a pass breakup at TCU ... Had four hits, including a sack and another TFL, vs. Arizona State ... Five tackles, including a key 5-yard TFL (on Jayhawks' final drive of the game) vs. Kansas ... Registered two blocked PAT kicks (both in the second quarter) at Minnesota ... Two tackles vs. OSU ... Five tackles, a forced fumble and a QB hurry vs. Indiana ... Three tackles and a fumble recovery at Wisconsin ... Three tackles and a pass breakup vs. Purdue ... Registered a 4-yard sack at Penn State ... Notched four tackles, including a sack at Michigan ... Five tackles vs. Illinois ... Four tackles at Hawaii.

    2003: Had made 28 straight starts until sitting out the Minnesota game due to an academic reason ... Returned to the starting lineup at Indiana and started the final seven games ... Three tackles and two hurries against Kansas ... Six tackles vs. Air Force ... Seven tackles and a pass deflection vs. Miami ... Five tackles and a hurry at Duke ... Three tackles and a hurry at Ohio State ... Season-high nine tackles (six solos) at Indiana ... Seven tackles (three solos) vs. Wisconsin ... Four tackles at Purdue ... Notched seven tackles (four solos), including a 0.5 TFL, vs. Penn State ... Two hits vs. Michigan ... Recovered a fumble and broke up a pass vs. Illinois ... Notched two tackles vs. Bowling Green in the Motor City Bowl, with both going for losses.

    2002: Started all 12 games at right tackle, and 23 in succession for NU ... Career-high 12 hits (six solos, one tackle-for-loss) vs. Duke ... Three tackles at Air Force ... Seven tackles (all assisted) vs. TCU ... 10 tackles at Navy ... Had seven tackles, including one sack at Michigan State ... Five tackles and a hurry vs. Ohio State ... Six tackles at Minnesota ... Four tackles, including one TFL, at Penn State ... Nine tackles (three solos), including a TFL, vs. Purdue ... Eight tackles, including a TFL vs. Indiana ... Seven tackles and a pass deflection vs. Illinois ... Tied for sixth on team with 81 tackles.

    2001: Redshirt freshman who started all 11 games at defensive tackle ... Named a fourth-team Sporting News Freshman All-American ... Also named to TSN's Big Ten All-Freshman team ... Led all interior linemen with 55 tackles (25 solos) ... Team's co-leader with four sacks for a loss of 22 yards ... Season-high eight tackles (five solos) at Indiana ... Had back-to-back seven-tackle performances against Duke and Michigan State ... Best effort of his young career came against State, when three of his tackles went for losses, including two sacks ... Also had three quarterback hurries ... Six tackles and three hurries vs. Penn State ... Six tackles (four solos), including a 4-yard sack at Purdue ... Six tackles, including three for-a-loss, and a hurry vs. Iowa ... Three tackles, including a sack and a tackle-for-loss at Illinois ... Earned a pair of Defensive Championship performances.

    2000: Redshirted.

    High School: Named one of Texas top 100 recruits by Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Rivals100.com Magazine ... 50th-rated defensive tackle nationally by Rivals100.com ... All-area (Centex) selection as a junior and senior ... Centex Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... Despite missing five games to injury, finished with 68 tackles (27 solo), including 15 TFLs and five sacks ... Selected to Austin's All-Decade Team ... Westlake went 32-5 the three years he lettered, winning three District 14 championships and playing in the Class 5A regional championship game twice ... Also lettered in wrestling (two times) and track & field (three times) ... Finished seventh in the state in heavyweight division at the 2000 wrestling championships ... Black belt in karate and taekwondo ... High school coach was Ron Schroeder.

    Personal: Born Colby L. Clark on 6/26/82 ... Son of Doug and Sharon Clark ... Both grandfathers were Division I college athletes: Dr. Lyle Clark played football at Michigan and Loren Rainbolt wrestled at Oklahoma State ... Communication studies major and business institutions minor.

    The Clark File
    Q: If you could dine alone with anyone in history, which person would it be?
    A: Napoleon Bonaparte
    Q: If you could have the starring role in one film already made, which movie would you pick?
    A: Dumb and Dumber
    Q: Favorite food?
    A: Chinese food.

    Clark's Career Statistics

    TACKLES	       G	UA	A	Total	TFL	Yds	PD	FF	FR
    2001	      11	25	30	55	8.5	31	0	0	0
    2002	      12	29	52	81	6.0	21	1	0	0
    2003	      12	25	30	55	3.5	12	2	0	1
    2004	      12	20	19	39	4.5	16	2	1	1
    TOTALS	      48	99	131	230	22.5	80	5	1	2
    

    SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2001 11 4 0 4.0 26 2002 12 1 0 1.0 7 2003 12 0 0 0.0 0 2004 12 2 1 2.5 10 TOTALS 48 7 1 7.5 43