Camp Amato: Clark Poised for Huge Junior Season

Raleigh, NC -- Junior wide receiver Brian Clark returned to school this fall a different man, and he hopes the added responsibility and maturity will translate over to the football field.

This summer he joined teammates James Newby and Rickey Fowler as one of the few Wolfpackers in the program who is no longer a bachelor. On June 2nd he married his high school sweetheart, Shawntae, and he believes it has been a good experience for him.

"It just has made everything more comfortable for me," Clark said following Tuesday's practice. "I don't go home a lot and actually just saw my mom last week for the first time in nine months. Having Shawntae up here has been good because it makes me remember where I'm from. Having that stability in my life is important, and hopefully I can use it to keep me focused on the field and in the classroom."

Clark was NC State's fifth-leading receiver in 2003 with 28 catches for 458 yards. This fall he's received praise from Wolfpack coaches and players for his incredible work ethic and desire to keep getting better.

"I've just been working real hard," Clark said. "I've been putting pressure on myself. I tell Tramain [Hall], I tell Richard [Washington], and I tell Sterling [Hicks] that it's up to us to take over where Jerricho [Cotchery] left off."

"Personally, I've been trying to run my routes harder at practice," he added. "I'll catch extra balls after practice or throw with the quarterbacks after practice. Basically I'm doing anything I can to get that edge."

Clark spent the past summer in Raleigh, choosing to work out with former NC State great and current NFL Pro Bowler Torry Holt instead of traveling back to his Tampa, Florida home.

"I worked with Torry [Holt] this summer," he said. "It was fun. He had a knee problem so he couldn't do a lot of running, but I listened to what he had to say. He kind of mentored me and made sure I was doing the right things."

Like the other Wolfpack players, Clark found out following yesterday's practice that junior Jay Davis had been named NC State's starting quarterback.

"I trust the staff," Clark said. "Both of those guys were competing and maybe the coaches saw something that seperated the two. I'm excited that now we know the starter, and we can focus on what needs to be done to beat Richmond."

Now with the starter at quarterback already announced, the Wolfpack offense can really begin preparing for the season.

Clark's currently the starting split end on the latest depth chart and the 6'3 205 pound standout is hoping to have a huge junior year.

"I expect big things this year," he said. "With Jerricho gone somebody is going to have to fill those shoes, and I want that guy to be me. I just want to try and keep the wide receiver tradition going on around here. [Laughing] I wouldn't mind at all catching 83 balls for over 1,400 yards."

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