Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Big Ten rankings: Daryll Clark, No. 8
By ESPN.com staff
The Big Ten postseason player rankings, based on past performance and future potential, continue with ...
Daryll Clark, QB, Penn State, Sr., 6-3, 232
Preseason rank: 2
Why he's here: In two seasons as the starter, Clark cemented himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in Penn State history. He set team records for career touchdown passes, single-season touchdown passes, single-season passing yards, career touchdowns and single-season touchdowns. Clark also shared Big Ten MVP honors with Brandon Graham and led Penn State to consecutive 11-win seasons. While he struggled in losses to both Iowa and Ohio State, he finished strong by helping the Nittany Lions to a Capital One Bowl victory against LSU.
I'm sure I'll take heat for dropping Clark from his preseason perch, but it has more to do with the players ahead of him than anything he didn't do. He doesn't project as well to the NFL as some other Big Ten stars, and the buzz at the combine signaled a position switch is possible at the next level. But Clark's accomplishments as a college player, both statistically and as a true team leader, reinforced his legacy at Penn State. On a personal note, Clark was always one of my favorite players to interview, and his insights will be missed.