Strength and stamina improved for Clark

If you are going to play on the inside of the defensive line at Florida, you are going to have to be able move people around and be able to do it for long and lengthy drives, and sometimes for several drives in a row. With that in mind, Florida freshman defensive tackle Khairi Clark has been working to get his body right and make and make an impact in his freshman season.

Khairi Clark is not a small man. At 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, the Miami native is weapon because of his size, but he also has the quickness that makes it very hard for offensive linemen to really get their hands on him. A slight shoulder strain early in the spring didn't get in the way of Clark working hard in the off-season and showing up in Gainesville Tuesday ready to compete.

"I improved my endurance and I got stronger," Clark said Monday. "I am looking forward to working hard on and off the field."

Clark has always maintained the desire to get on the field early and has worked for that. That has not changed.

"I am expecting to come in early and help the defensive line," he said.

You wouldn't know it by the way he plays the game. He terrorizes the guy across from him on the line of scrimmage, but off the field Clark is mild mannered. He says the fans will recognize that and his will to succeed.

"They can look forward to someone that is going to push to be the best," Clark said. "As a person the fans can look forward to my kindness and how humble I am."

Florida doesn't have that monster defensive tackle in the middle right now that Clark provides. He is a guy that physically should be able to handle his own pretty well at this point. When that mental part catches up, he could be a real weapon in the middle of the defense.

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