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ITV visits with Broderick Clark

As a redshirt freshman, Broderick Clark finished the season 2nd in the NCAA in kickoff returns, with an average of 28.94 per return. On Thursday he visited with ITV to discuss the new coaching staff, voluntary workouts and more.

ITV: What's your impression of the new coaching staff?

Clark: "They're great. I really like their style. They stress hard work and discipline, which is important. I think it's going to be fun to play for them."

ITV: Have you had an opportunity to get to know Bob Petrino on a personal level?

Clark: "I haven't had a chance to meet him one on one yet because he has been so busy. He is always gone recruiting. He seems like he's going to be a great coach to play for."

ITV: Are you looking forward to working with Paul Petrino?

Clark: "Paul and I are establishing a good relationship. I like his approach on things. He's upfront with you and let's you know what needs to be done."

ITV: How are the voluntary workouts going?

Clark: "They are going pretty good. The skill guys are getting out pretty early in the morning. We start at 5:45 in the morning. Everyone knows that we all need to improve."

ITV: What about you personally, what are you doing to improve?

Clark: "I'm working on everything. I'm lifting weights, working on catching the ball. I need to improve on catching the ball before I start thinking about running. I'm also working on reading defenses better."

ITV: What do you anticipate in spring practice?

Clark: "I'm looking forward to start returning kicks again, but I am really going to work a lot in the spring and earn a starting spot."

ITV: Talk about your experience returning kicks last season. Did you ever think that you would be leading the country as a redshirt freshman?

Clark: "I was blessed to be put in that situation. I'm really thankful that I was given the opportunity last year. When I first got here I built a really good relationship with Zek [Parker]. We worked out a lot together. He told me that he really wanted me to take over for him. I joked with my parents before last year that I would be leading the nation."

ITV: What moment from last year was your personal favorite?

Clark: "My first touchdown against Kentucky. It was an important play in the game and it was my first collegiate touchdown. Unfortunately we lost that game. My touchdown against Cincinnati was big too. I enjoyed the whole season. I really did. I had a great time every game and always worked hard everytime out there."

ITV: Now that you have a few years of college football behind you, are you going to become a leader on the team and especially with the new guys coming in?

Clark: "I have two years under my belt now and I have learned how important it is to play hard and to practice hard. I will help the younger guys learn the system, but at the same time I will be working hard to stay on top of my game, because I know they are out to do the same thing I am."

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