The Cougars had to replace quite a few starters, including quarterback Hayden Greenbauer (now at SMU). While things started off a bit slow for Clark and junior signal-caller Josh Kern, their play is starting to improve.
"We are a fairly young team this year, so we are getting better as things progress," said Kern. "We got off to a slow start, but we are improving. I think my play has been pretty good this season."
Kern hasn't put up the numbers that Greenbauer did, but hasn't had the same weapons around him. At this point, the junior has thrown for nearly 900 yards (55% passing completion rate) and ran for nearly 300 yards. He has found the end zone a total of nine times through the air and on the ground.
"I went to the Texas Tech game a few weeks ago and I got to talk with the offensive coordinator there a lot. I feel they are showing me the most interest out of everybody. I also get letters from SMU and Texas A&M quite a bit," said Kern who also is being recruited by Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M. "At one point I was getting interest from Texas, but I haven't heard from them much in the last two months. I just sent them some film though, so I expect to hear from them soon. We will see."
Kern doesn't hold any offers yet, but says when they do start coming in, academics and the coaching staff will be the biggest factors in his decision.
"Growing up in Texas, I was a Longhorn fan. It's always been the school I wanted to go to. Now that I'm learning about the recruiting process and getting older, it's a privilege to play anywhere. Texas is still pretty high up there though," state the 2012 QB. "I went to Texas A&M this past weekend and I was supposed to go to SMU this weekend for the Houston game, but I can't make it up there."
Kern attended camps at both SMU and Texas earlier this summer and loved the 1-on-1 attention he got from the SMU camp which had less than 20 quarterback attendees in San Antonio.
"SMU seems like a great school. I haven't visited yet, but that is where Hayden went last year, so I have only heard great things. They seem to throw the ball a lot which I live. I wouldn't mind being in an offense that passes a little more. We are pretty balanced at Clark," said Kern.
The Cougars are 3-5 on the year and have two more games before postseason play begins.