Indispensable Spartan #12

Spartan Digest is back with our annual look at the most important Spartans for the upcoming season. Each year we come up with a different theme and this year we'll look at the 30 most indispensable Spartans in 2013.

Michigan State saw George Perles take the field as head coach 30-years ago. Spartan Digest recognizes Perles with this seasons 30 Most Indispensable Spartans with a look at those members of the football team we feel will have major roles if the Spartans are to have success on the field.

Here is #12

Donavon Clark

HT: 6-3 WT: 300

Position: Left Tackle

Experience: One-time letter winner

2012 Season: Clark took huge steps in his development last season and proved his worth when he stepped in for Dan France starting the Michigan game. While Clark saw action in six games, his game against the Wolverines was his high point and coaches saw the possibility of Clark being a fulltime tackle.

Strengths: Great feet and strength are staples of Clark's game and he should continue to improve in both areas. A natural bender, Clark is capable of playing tackle or guard and has a bright future.

Weaknesses: Lacks the height desired by most and lacks the number of reps some would like to see from a potential starter.

Overall: While Clark was not talked about much during the spring, many inside the Spartans program felt he may have enjoyed the best spring and would have earned the starting tackle spot if the season was to get underway at that time. While Clark could see major reps at tackle this fall, his size and potential are better suited as a guard. However, his ability to protect the blindside is a major reason the Spartans have left him at left tackle.


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