Clark's future remains uncertain

Cardinal receiver Broderick Clark, who turned in a solid outing at Pro Day, has yet to learn if he'll be allowed to wear the Red & Black in '06...

After a high school career that garnered two All-State selections at Birmingham (Ala.) Parker High School, Broderick Clark made a quick impression at Louisville when he took the kickoff of the second half of the season opener his freshman year 100 yards for a touchdown. He wrapped up his first year of college ball as the nation's second-leading kick off return specialist and was named C-USA's Special Team's Player of the Year.

Despite missing two games during both his sophomore and junior seasons, Clark continued to post impressive numbers returning kicks and also became a frequent target in the Cardinals passing attack. Through three seasons, Clark totaled 63 receptions for 864 yards and nearly recorded 100 kick returns, while averaging over 23 yards per.

Clark entered his senior season last fall with high expectations. He opened the season with a solid outing at Kentucky with four catches for 45 yards and returned five kicks for an additional 77 yards. His hopes for the year came to a halt on the opening kick off of the Cards home opener the following weekend against Oregon State, when he suffered a knee injury that forced him to the sideline for the remainder of the season.

An inquiry to the NCAA for a medical redshirt has yet to be decided upon, so with his future still uncertain, Clark spent Monday working out for the dozens of NFL scouts on hand for U of L's Pro Day.

"I just came out and gave it my all," said Clark. "A lot of prayers and a lot of hard work – I just came out did as best that I could."

He was tested in all aspects of the game and despite the fact that he has yet to fully recover from the surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL, Clark, who wore a protective brace on his knee, turned in the outing of the day. While he is not yet 100%, he says that he is closing in on a full recovery and that his Monday performance surprised even himself.

"I'd say 80-85 (percent), so there's a lot of room for improvement," he said. "I just gave it my all and I shocked myself a little bit."

Consider the NFL scouts among those surprised by Clark, while watching him run a number of routes catching balls from former Cardinal great Chris Redman.

"I got tremendous feedback," said Clark of his Pro Day experience. "Everyone was surprised because I'm only about four months off surgery. I credit a lot of prayers, a lot of hard work and dedication. I got a lot of positive feedback."

With what appears to be a quick and strong recovery well underway and a solid performance in front of the pro scouts now under his belt, Clark said that he continues to hope that his future includes another year at Louisville.

"I would like to come back. It's hard to end your senior season like that, but whatever God has in store for me I will have to go with."

So then, the question on everyone's mind – when might an answer from the NCAA regarding his medical redshirt arrive?

"I have no idea," said Clark.

As for the present, Clark will continue his work in the training and weight rooms preparing for another fall of football.

"I just have to roll with my punches," he said of the situation. "I just have to take things as they come at me and just do my best."


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