When Le'Raven Clark Speaks, You Listen

Texas Tech senior left tackle Le'Raven Clark has stepped up and taken on a big leadership role for the 2015 squad.

Even casual observers of Texas Tech football are aware of the prowess of left tackle Le'Raven Clark.

The 6-foot-6, 307-pound senior is a two-time Associated Press All-Big 12 performer, who enters the the 2015 season with 38 consecutive starts on his resume.

He is also expected to be an early to mid-round selection in the next NFL Draft, in fact Scout has him ranked as the No. 44 overall prospect for the 2016 draft.

Another known fact about Clark is he's not the biggest talker. Well, apparently he has ignored his instincts in order to take personal control of locker room leadership along with some other seniors.

Not once, but twice during the offseason, Clark called a players-only meeting via text message and then addressed the huddled team in person. According to senior defensive end Branden Jackson, the first meeting was to welcome all the freshmen to the team and the second was to tell everyone to get it together, take care of the facilities, pick up after themselves and handle their business like adults or else.

"That was a huge surprise. Anyone who knows Le'Raven knows that he's not going to say much at all other than that he's Le'Raven Clark from Rockdale and he plays tackle," Jackson said. "That's all you're going to get out of him."

Despite his quiet nature, Clark's opinion carries heavy weight in the Texas Tech locker room.

"Everyone was in there and you could hear a pin drop," Jackson said. "No one said anything, they wanted to see what he said. He's a commanding force when he does talk and he just talked to us and after he said what he needed to say everyone just kicked it into gear."

Why did Clark decide to speak up?

"We're just trying to get everyone on the same page is what we have been working on to allow us to come together as a team," Clark said.

When asked if he decided to become more of a vocal leader on his own or if the coaches asked him to step up he said it was his choice.

"This is our team, it's not the coaches team, so we're just stepping up and taking responsibility for that," Clark said.

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