Clark wants to be ready when called upon

Sophomore offensive tackle welcome competition, spent offseason focused on a particular part of his game.

The Michigan State offensive line enters the 2013 season with a lot of versatility and options at each spot.

Offensive tackle Donavon Clark is among the players that the Spartans can move around from tackle to guard. For now, Clark is listed as the co-starter at left tackle with senior Dan France – competition he welcomes.

"Competition is good," Clark said. "We have Jack Conklin, me and France battling for the same spot. The competition is good for us, I feel that it can help as a whole on the offensive line and we can push each other. They can point out to me that I am doing this right and the other person can help them get it right, so I think it will be good."

Last season, Clark gained experience with starts against Michigan and Wisconsin, which he said changed his approach.

"The coaches always say, just make sure if your number ever gets called, be ready," Clark said. "So, when I first found out I was going to be starting, I just prepared myself and watched more film and more plays. I just had to be ready, whenever my number is called."

Clark spent much of his offseason focus on his pass blocking and worked to get better in that area.

"I kind of switched up my stance a little bit and how my hands are," Clark said. "I've been working a lot on that this offseason. I feel like I have been learning a lot, too. So, I am getting better as a pass blocker."

As for what he feel he can improve on next, Clark talked about the off-field work he needs to put in.

"I need to spend a lot more of my time in the film room and going over plays," he said. "I feel like the more I can do that, learning reads and everything.

"The more my mind will be ready and my body will be at the same time, too."

While it remains to be seen if Clark will secure a starting spot on the offensive line, he says he knows what he wants out of the 2013 season.

"I just want to win," Clark said. "Last year was unacceptable, that's not us. That's not Michigan State football. I feel like this team is ready and we have an edge on our shoulders, so we are just ready. We are hungry."


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