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Donavon Clark was drafted by the Chargers in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Soon after that, Clark went down with a knee injury in just the second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. After being placed on injury reserve, Donavon Clark is ready to bounce back for the 2018-2019 NFL season.
Donavon Clark played his college football in the Big Ten at Michigan State University. He started on the offensive line for two years and played in 47 career college games. Donavon decided to redshirt in 2011, but played in 6 games in 2012 as a technical “red-shirt freshman”. In this season, he saw two huge career starts against Big Ten powerhouses in Michigan and Wisconsin. In his 2013 Sophomore football season, Donavon increased his work load by playing in all 14 games. He became a regular part of the offensive line rotation before starting every game in his 2014 Junior season. He proved his athleticism and versatility as he moved between right guard and right tackle throughout the season. He recorded 833 snaps which was the second most of any Michigan State offensive linemen that season. He played a large role in helping the Spartans win the Cotton Bowl Classic versus Baylor.
During Donavon’s senior campaign in 2015, he started all 14 games and earned third-team All-Big Ten by the coaches. Donavon was also voted the team’s offensive Clarence Underwood Award for sportsmanship. Donavon Clark was an essential piece to one of the strongest offensive lines in the country and a Big Ten tournament championship. Donavon Clark graduated from Michigan State in December of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Donavon Clark is from Cincinnati, Ohio where he played football and participated in track and field at Finneytown High School. While playing high school football at Finneytown, Donavon piled up the awards and well-earned recognition. After starting for three years straight for the football team, he earned first-team All-Ohio, two first-team Associated Press Southwest All-District selections, two first-team all-conference picks, and first-team all-city as a senior. On top of those recognitions, he got to represent the Ohio All-Stars in the Big 33 Classic along with being nominated to play in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. On top of all of this, Donavon was ranked one of the top offensive guards in the nation, one of the top Midwest prospects, named to the PrepStar All-Midwest Team, and one voted one of Ohio’s top 25 seniors.
Donavon Clark joined the Apex Sports’ team in April of 2018. Donavon brings our team a strong amount of experience and knowledge on rising to top, especially when faced with adversity. As a Big Ten tournament Champion, Donavon teaches offensive lineman valuable lessons and advice to becoming a great player on the offensive line. If you want to learn what it takes to be the best and be coached directly from a NFL offensive lineman, click the link below!Donavon Clark
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