Frank Clark (American football)

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Frank Clark
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Clark with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019
No. 55 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1993-06-14) June 14, 1993 (age 26)
Bakersfield, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio)
College:Michigan
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 63
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2019
Total tackles:153
Sacks:38.0
Forced fumbles:10
Fumble recoveries:2
Interceptions:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Frank Clark (born June 14, 1993) is an American football defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played in college for the Michigan Wolverines football. As a junior, he was a 2013 All-Big Ten second team selection by the coaches and honorable mention selection by the media for the 2013 team. Clark was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

After spending his rookie year in a reduced backup role, Clark totaled 10 sacks in his sophomore season. He continued his high level of play the following two years, making a combined 22 sacks and five forced fumbles. Following the 2018 season, the Seahawks placed a franchise tag on Clark before trading him to the Chiefs, who subsequently signed him to a $105 million extension.

High school career[edit]

In high school, Clark played numerous positions for head coach Ted Ginn, Sr. at Glenville High School, but he was least interested in playing the position that Ginn felt he was most naturally suited to play (outside linebacker/rush defensive end).[1] The position he was most interested in playing was safety.[2] As a senior, he recorded 70 tackles and 19 sacks on defense, and caught 12 passes, including three for touchdowns on offense.

In track & field, Clark competed in events ranging from sprints, hurdles and jumps. He had bests of 23.5 seconds in the 200-meter dash, 15.53 seconds in the 110m hurdles, 39.55 seconds in the 300m hurdles, 1.88 meters (or 6-2) in the high jump, 6.37 meters (20-5) in the long jump and 13.07 meters (42-7.75) in the triple jump.[3][4] He also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds.

Clark was a three-star nationally rated player at outside linebacker,[5] tight end,[6] and defensive end.[7] He signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan on February 2, 2011.[8]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Frank Clark
TE/OLB/DE
Cleveland, Ohio Glenville High School (OH) 6 ft 2.5 in (1.89 m) 207.5 lb (94.1 kg) 4.53 Feb 2, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 33 (TE)   Rivals: 52 (OLB)  ESPN: 83 (DE), 46 (OH)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Michigan Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  • "2011 Michigan Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  • "2011 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013.

College career[edit]

Clark with Michigan, 2012

As a freshman for the 2011 Wolverines, Clark had an interception that set up one of Michigan's two touchdowns in the January 3, 2012 Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech.[9] In the following offseason leading up to the season opener for the 2012 team against Alabama, Clark was suspended from the team for felony second-degree home invasion, for alleged theft of a MacBook Air.[10] He was allowed to return to practice a few weeks later.[11] He eventually pleaded guilty to the felony charge after missing one week. He was subject to punishment not more than 15 years in prison and $3,000 fine, but was eligible for sentencing under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which would expunge the record upon satisfaction of probation requirements.[12] Clark had quarterback sacks in each of the team's two final regular season games against Iowa and Ohio State.[13]

In Clark's first two years at Michigan he added over 60 pounds (27.22 kg), without losing any speed.[2] On September 21, he had 1.5 sacks against Connecticut,[14] including one on third down during Connecticut's final possession as the 2013 Wolverines clung to a 24–21 lead.[15] He also had two sacks against Penn State on October 12 and ran back a fumble recovery for a touchdown, although it was not enough to help Michigan avert its first loss of the season.[14][16] Following the regular season, he was recognized as a second team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and an honorable mention selection by the media.[17][18] On November 16, 2014, Clark was arrested for domestic violence and dismissed from the football team.[19]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 78 in
(1.90 m)
271 lb
(123 kg)
34 38 in
(0.87 m)
10 18 in
(0.26 m)
4.64 s 4.05 s 7.08 s 39.11 in
(0.99 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
19 reps
Values from NFL Combine and Michigan Pro Day[20][21]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Clark with the Seahawks in 2015

Clark was drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 63rd overall selection by the Seattle Seahawks.[22][23] With his selection he joined the Legion of Boom defense coming off back to back appearances. He spent the 2015 season as a backup to Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril at defensive end.[24] Clark had 2 tackles in week 3 against the Chicago Bears on September 27.[25] On November 29, Clark had a sack against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[26] On December 6 against the Minnesota Vikings, Clark had 2 sacks.[27] In the Divisional Round of the 2015–16 NFL playoffs against the Carolina Panthers, Clark had one sack in the 31–24 loss.[28]

Clark finished the 2016 regular season with 10 sacks and two forced fumbles.[29]

During the offseason on May 9, 2017, Clark was criticized for a tweet he directed at Bleacher Report journalist Natalie Weiner. Weiner had previously written about Clark's domestic violence arrest. Clark told Weiner that "People like you don’t have long careers in your field. I have a job for you cleaning my fish tanks when that lil job is ova."[30] In the 2017 season, he finished with nine sacks, 32 total tackles, two passes defensed, and two forced fumbles.[31] In Week 6 of the 2018 season, Clark recorded 2.5 sacks on quarterback Derek Carr to along with four tackles in a 27-3 win over the Oakland Raiders, earning him NFC Defensive Player of the Week.[32] He finished the season with 41 combined tackles, 13 sacks, two pass deflection, one interception, and three forced fumbles through 16 starts.

On March 4, 2019, the Seahawks placed the franchise tag on Clark.[33]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On April 23, 2019, Clark was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs along with the Seahawks' 3rd round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, in exchange for the Chiefs' 1st and 3rd round selections in the 2019 NFL draft and a 2nd round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. After the trade, he signed a five-year contract worth $105.5 million with $63.5 million guaranteed.[34] Clark made his debut with the Chiefs in week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the game, Clark made one tackle and intercepted quarterback Gardner Minshew in the 40-26 win. [35] In week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens, Clark recorded his first sack of the season on Lamar Jackson in the 33-28 win. [36] In week 6 against the Houston Texans, Clark forced a fumble on Carlos Hyde and recovered the ball in the 31-24 loss. [37] In week 7 against the Denver Broncos, Clark recorded 2 sacks on Joe Flacco in the 30-6 win. [38]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Snyder, Mark (August 11, 2013). "Michigan football: Frank Clark's prep coach could see future was at DE before he could". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Hogg, Dave (August 19, 2013). "Frank Clark adds muscle, retains speed". FOX Sports. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  3. ^ "OHSAA District Track and Field Championship -- Mentor - Complete Results (Raw)". Ohio MileSplit. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "OHSAA Northeast - Mentor Division I District Track - Track & Field Meet". Athletic.net. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Frank Clark". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "Frank Clark". Scout.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "Frank Clark". ESPN. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Michigan Recruiting: Frank Clark of Glenville Commits to Brady Hoke's Wolverines". Bleacher Report. February 2, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "Brendan Gibbons' OT FG boots Michigan past Va. Tech, to Sugar Bowl title". ESPN. January 3, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  10. ^ Meinke, Kyle (July 23, 2012). "Frank Clark, facing home invasion charge, is 2nd Michigan football player suspended". AnnArbor.com. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  11. ^ Snyder, Mark (August 12, 2012). "Pair of suspended Michigan players to return to practice". USA Today. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  12. ^ Meinke, Kyle (September 12, 2012). "Frank Clark's status with Michigan won't change after felony plea, Brady Hoke says". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  13. ^ "Frank Clark Game By Game Stats (2012)". ESPN. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  14. ^ a b "Frank Clark Game By Game Stats (2013)". ESPN. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  15. ^ "(15) Michigan 24 (4-0, 1-0 away); Connecticut 21 (0-3, 0-3 home) (Play-By-Play)". ESPN. September 21, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  16. ^ "Bill Belton's 2-yard TD run puts Penn St. by No. 18 Michigan in 4 OTs". ESPN. October 12, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  17. ^ "Lewan, Funchess Earn Top Big Ten Position Awards". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  18. ^ "2013 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). CSTV.com. December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  19. ^ Murphy, Dan (November 17, 2014). "Wolverines dismiss DE Frank Clark". ESPN. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  20. ^ "DL098 Frank Clark DE Michigan", NFL.com, retrieved February 24, 2015.
  21. ^ "Devin Funchess, Frank Clark shine at Michigan's pro day", NFL.com, retrieved December 12, 2015.
  22. ^ "2015 NFL Draft Central". BigTen.org. CBS Interaction. May 2, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  23. ^ "Funchess Selected by Panthers; Clark Goes to Seahawks in Second Round". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. May 1, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  24. ^ Drovetto, Tony (November 19, 2015). "Seahawks Rookie Defensive End Frank Clark In Line For More Snaps vs San Francisco 49ers". Seahawks.com. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  25. ^ "Chicago Bears 0; 26 Seattle Seahawks". ESPN. September 27, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  26. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers 30 6-5, 2-3 Away;Seattle Seahawks 39 6-5, 4-2 Home". ESPN. November 30, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  27. ^ "Seattle Seahawks 38 7-5, 3-3 Away; Minnesota Vikings 7, 8-4, 4-2 Home". ESPN. December 6, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  28. ^ "Seattle Seahawks 10-6, 5-3 Away 24; 31 Carolina Panthers 15-1, 8-0 Home". ESPN. January 17, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  29. ^ "Frank Clark 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  30. ^ Florio, Mike (May 10, 2017). "Frank Clark would prefer that we not mention his domestic violence incident". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  31. ^ "Frank Clark 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  32. ^ Lam, Quang M. (October 17, 2018). "Albert Wilson, Todd Gurley among Players of Week". NFL.com.
  33. ^ Maya, Adam (March 4, 2019). "Seahawks place franchise tag on DE Frank Clark". NFL.com.
  34. ^ Teope, Herbie (April 23, 2019). "Seahawks agree to trade Frank Clark to Chiefs for draft picks". NFL.com. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  35. ^ "Chiefs lose Hill, handle Jags 40-26 behind Mahomes, Watkins". www.espn.com. September 8, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  36. ^ "Mahomes throws 3 TD passes as Chiefs hold off Ravens, 33-28". www.espn.com. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  37. ^ "Watson, Hyde lead Chiefs to 31-24 victory over Chiefs". www.espn.com. October 13, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  38. ^ "Patrick Mahomes hurts knee in Chiefs' win over Broncos". www.espn.com. October 17, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2019.

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