The two University of Louisville junior football players have been key contributors this season after sitting out a year ago, following their transfer from the University of Florida two years ago.
"It took us a while," Christian says with a smile.
Christian, a tight end, and Clark, a wide receiver, have both played in all 12 games but have showed marked improvement late in the season.
And there's a reason.
"It was a year and a half, almost two years since I played," Christian said. "That's a long time without football. There was a little rust I had to get off before I could get into the flow of things. It just took a little while."
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Christian has 26 catches for 401 yards – a 15.4 yard average per catch – and four touchdowns. He's had a catch in all but one game – Houston – and his best game was five catches for 74 yards against EKU.
Christian's longest TD snag was a 69-yarder at South Florida.
"I feel like I have had a productive year, but there's still a lot of room for improvement," he said. "I feel good about this year.
"I feel like things will only get better from here. Next year, I really feel like I should have a great year."
Christian did start 10 of the 12 games at tight end, while the 5-9, 182-pound Clark only started one game and split time with Eli Rogers.
But still, Clark has 23 catches for 209 yards and one touchdown. He's averaging 9.1 yards a catch and has caught a pass in all but two games.
"It's just very different when you are in games," Clark said. "You lose a little of the technique and just how the game feels. It was hard to adjust back.
"I was pleased with the year, but I can do better."
Clark also said he felt like after another full spring practice and fall camp that he would have his breakout season as a senior.
"Next year is going to be big for me," he said. "It will be big for me."