Clark focused on winning

Senior receiver, Chris Clark, was pleased that Syracuse got the W in the column last weekend against Wagner. That's all he seems to be focused on lately -- winning. He talks about quarterback, Terrel Hunt and his chemistry with the receivers, his goals for the season and more inside.

When senior Chris Clark was explaining the break down on one of his two touchdowns against Wagner, his eyes widened and his diction started to ooze with excitement.

"They were in a split coverage," he said, "and they opened wide with our receivers. Once I saw those safeties, I thought, ‘Oh, it's coming to me.' It was instinct, I just got on my horse and took off. I knew Terrel saw what I saw."

Clark had four catches for 53 yards in the 54-0 route last Saturday versus the Seahawks.

"Once that middle cleared," he said, "I knew I was going to get the ball. I run every route like I'm going to get it. Nine-out-of-10-times, if the defense goes the other way, (Terrel) will see it."

The familiarity between Hunt and his receivers is evident as pointed out by Clark.

"He has (chemistry) with all the receivers," he said. "He has a connection with me, Jarrod (West), Jeremiah (Kobena) ... all of us."

Clark, alongside West, combined for three of the four touchdowns on the afternoon. West was the team's leading receiver with 147 yards.

When it comes to stockpiling statistics, Clark can't be bothered, he has winning on his mind.

"I would just say it's cool having them," Clark said, "but at the end of the day, if you don't have that win, you're not going to be satisfied. I'll take a win over stats. I like winning."

Despite playing an all-around game on both offense and defense, Clark said there is always things to get better at, especially at his position.

"(The receivers) can definitely make more plays," he said. "We played a great game, but you can never not stop making plays. I know I had a dropped pass. Next time I know I have to catch it."

He continued, "Even in a victory, there is always something that can be fixed. You can never be satisfied. It's always good to have constructive criticism. No team is going to be perfect, but at the same time, you want to go back and fix what you did to continue to get those wins."

It's now or never for Clark as he inches closer and closer to the end of his collegiate football career. There are, of course, goals he wants to accomplish.

"I just want to go out there and do everything I can do," Clark said. "Winning matters -- that's what's going to take us to the top. Whatever I can do to help the team win that's what I'm going to do. I want to go to another Bowl game, an even bigger one than last year. I like that experience. I want to back. The goal is to also get an ACC championship and if possible, a national championship. I'm just enjoying the ride."

Fast forward to this weekend, Clark is aware of Tulane's blitzing defensive linemen, especially on third-downs.

"We just have to be ready for the ball," he said about the receiving corps. "There is nothing that we can't handle. We have it pretty much down pat. We need to go out there and dominate."

Clark continued, "It's really important to get that win. Like I said before: winning is everything. To get this win would mean a lot. Not trying to get ahead or anything, but to get this W and then have a bye week, you feel more confident heading into Clemson."

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