DAMONE CLARK SPRING GAME REVIEW: IS THE CRITICISM JUSTIFIED?



by LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN

@LonnPhillips


DAMONE CLARK

Grade: C+


Still making blunders, hesitating in the gaps and making softee mistakes, we wonder whether Damone has learned his lesson or was simply being deployed out of position due to the absence of Bugg Strong....


Rather than stationed at mike LB, Clark must be placed at OLB to maximize his run-stuffing greatness and limit the distance between himself and the ball-carrier.


In 2020, almost every time a ball carrier had momentum, they were able to get past or through Clark.


We will give him the benefit of the doubt, but does he deserve it after 2020?


Posting 11 tackles and controlling the defensive tempo, Clark looked mostly assured and mistake-free throughout his return to action since the tough 2020 campaign, but we still witnessed the same old hesitation in the gaps.

Still, there are improvements.


What was crazy???


You hardly heard his name during the game and for a reserved destroyer who had far too much unwanted attention last year, his double digit display of violence will do his confidence a world of good.


Lacking the danger of Bugg Strong (out), the expected versatility of Mike Jones Jr (transfer arrival soon) or the thrust of Josh White, Clark nevertheless orchestrated a majestic, hungry performance from his fellow linebackers, doing the dirty work and freeing up guys like Jared Small, Josh White and Antoine Sampah to make some big plays.


Following Damone's example, those three linebackers clocked 24 tackles and 2 INTs next to Damone's 11.


But will he bring the error-free football come September?

Will he attack without hesitation???


Surely Clark must know how key he will be to the success or failure of our linebacking crew...


By LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN

@LonnPhillips

Copyright 2021 Lonn Phillips Sullivan Writings Inc


SHOUTOUTS: Damone, we're with you.

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