Countdown 2007: Websider Impact Players - #20

Aggie Websider takes a look at 25 players who can make the biggest impact for the Aggies this year. These rankings are not based on talent, but rather, what contributions can be made by individuals to put Texas A&M back among the nation's elite programs. No. 20? Senior OL Corey Clark.

Senior offensive tackle Corey Clark comes in at No. 20 on the 2007 Websider Impact Player list. He's rated by many national publications as one of the top tackles in the country and is one of the reasons for the Aggies' top-five ranking as an offensive line.

As another offensive lineman with NFL aspirations, looking to make a name for himself in the trenches, Clark should be one of the Aggies biggest assets in 2007, but like all offensive linemen, the average fan will never know his name.

What he's done so far

As a redshirt freshman in 2004, Clark was the No. 2 strong tackle behind Geoff Hangartner and only played in four games. However, he played his way into substantial playing time in the 2005 Cotton Bowl against Tennessee.

In 2005, Clark built on his 2004 freshman year and won the starting job at offensive tackle during spring practice and started all 11 games as a sophomore. He was part of the offensive line that helped the Aggies average 442.3 yards per game, which was No. 2 in school history. The Aggies rushed for 234.9 yards per game that year, which was the highest rushing average since 1991.

Last season, Clark began to make a name for himself as an upperclassman and started all 12 regular season games for the Aggies. Clark and the A&M rushing attack led the Big 12 Conference with 210.5 rushing yards per game and in time of possession and third-down conversion percentage—which is a very important stat for offensive linemen.

Those impressive numbers helped Clark earn honorable mention All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press.

Why he's important

Much like the previous impact players who have made the Websider Impact Player list, Clark is a critical component for the Aggies success in 2007. The offense is key for the Aggies to win on the road and that offense doesn't happen without Clark and his partners in the trenches.

Without Clark and Co., it doesn't matter if you've got Mike Goodson, Jorvorskie Lane or Emmitt Smith in the backfield. But that's what makes Clark and Co. so impressive. This offensive line can make a decent running back look like an All-Conference player.

If he stays healthy, he'll help pad another year of rushing numbers for Lane, Goodson and Co., and could also play his way into some serious NFL money on draft day next year.

2007 Aggie Websider Impact Players
20. Corey Clark, OL
21. Pierre Brown, WR
22. Chris Yoder, OL
23. Yemi Babalola, OL
24. Kerry Franks, WR/KR
25. Justin Brantly, P

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