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OL Adrien Clarke (official thread)


Fired up! Ready to go!
I'm really pulling for him. He's a class act!

Eagles: Clarke signs

by Fanball Staff - Fanball.com
Wednesday, July 14, 2004

The Eagles signed seventh-round draft pick Adrien Clarke on Wednesday. The Associated Press reported that the 330-pound offensive guard inked a four-year deal. Clarke started 43 games during his career at Ohio State.

Clarke was a well-decorated lineman at Ohio State and was well worth the seventh-round selection. He likely won't see much field time for the Eagles, provided he even makes the squad.
Good for him. If they signed him to four years they must be hoping he will contribute in some way in the future. I'd like to see him succeed in NFL. I hope he can keep his pants up.

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I never really noticed Adrien having a problem keeping his pants up, but Olivea on the other hand, really pissed me off. He'd be pulling his pants up before the play was over while he was watching Krenzel run for his life. For some reason, that really bothered me, much like watching Sean Casey go through his two minute routine between pitches.
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While it's kind of tough to compare the two because one was a guard and one a tackle, it was my observation that AC was one of the slowest men I have ever seen on the offensive line at tOSU.
For most of his stay here he was overwieght and underachieving.
Without a doubt the only reason he managed to even get into the last round of the draft was his dedication to keeping the weight off.
If he can continue to keep it off he may make a NFL team. As soon as he decides to start picking the cookie up again, he'll be gone from Philly.
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AC hindered by knee injury suffered in 2001 Outback bowl

Or have many forgotten that play ?

Not only did he lose mobility but he gained weight as a result. As for being 'one of the slowest men I have ever seen on the offensive line at tOSU', then tell me what his time was in the 40. A lineman only needs to be fast in a space of 1-3 yards and he was plenty fast. I find it sad that we still are cranking on these kids and their talents despite the fact that NFL thinks they have talent; I guess maybe many are too proud to admit their errors in where they cast blame the last few years (when it comes to discussions of the woes of the offense) ?

Good luck #63/61.
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I found this article while researching a paper for grad school...

ADRIEN CLARKE: Shaker Hieghts HS, OH

This high school football All-American contributes his success to discipline, intensity and consistency in everything he does.

By Matt Shepard
Published: 9/10/2004 <hr> “100% discipline, intensity and consistency in everything I do!” is the answer I received from Adrien Clark of Shaker Heights High School in Ohio when I asked him how he achieved such great success. In football, Adrien has earned the honors of All-American, All-State, All-League twice, Team MVP & Outstanding Lineman. He was also rated Top Offensive Lineman in Ohio by various recruiting magazines. Adrien is all about making it to the top.
Adrien's Coach, David Sedmak feels that the intensity of Adrien is unmatched. He states, “Adrien has worked extremely hard to reach his potential as an athlete. He has done a tremendous job in developing his strength and power.” Adrien Bench Presses 350 pounds, Deadlifts an astounding 650 pounds and puts up an impressive 350 pounds on the Clean. Coach Sedmak continues, “He has also worked hard on his speed, quickness, and agility. His fastest times are a 5.1 - 40 and a dot drill time of 48 seconds.” For someone who weighs over 300 pounds, that is pretty good.
Adrien has certainly put a lot of time and effort into developing his strength. He feels that strength training is absolutely essential to success in athletics. About his four favorite lifts Adrien exhorts, “You need the Power Clean to build explosiveness, the Parallel Squat to increase speed, and the Bench Press and Jerk Press to build strength and power.” On strength training, in general, he feels that it “helps with self-discipline and intensity in all endeavors of life.” Adrien certainly exemplifies the essence of self-discipline and intensity; and there is no doubt that those admirable qualities will take him far.
“A large percentage of Adrien's success,” informs Coach Sedmak, “is attributed to the BFS Program. We have used it the past 5 years. We have a record of 44-10 in that span after inheriting a program that was 5-25 in the three years before. Adrien has been a dedicated worker in the BFS Program since 9th grade. He developed from a soft 6'3”, 265 pound freshman into a hard 6'5”, 315 pound senior.” His bear-like strength made him an incredible asset to both the offensive and defensive line. On offense, it was not uncommon for Adrien to take on two defenders and handle them with ease. His entire junior and senior year he didn't allow a single sack. On defense, he ended his model high school career with over 100 tackles.
Another quality that sets Adrien apart from other athletes is his dedication to the team concept. On being a good example, he states, “I like giving my teammates encouragement and setting an example for them by showing them the importance of TEAM.” Coach Sedmak adds, “Adrien has become an excellent leader, both by example and encouragement. He takes great pride in his sacrifice to help the team.”
Adrien's example of intensity on the field and in the weight room helped the team realize the importance of hard work and a great attitude. Because of this attitude they were able to dominate and win so many games.
The future also looks bright for Adrien with scholarships being offered to him from every NCAA Division I college that recruits Northeast Ohio.
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Offensive line
Who’s the starting center and left guard?

Jon Runyan and William (formerly Tra) Thomas return as the tackles. Shawn Andrews is back at right guard.

Rookie tackle Winston Justice, their second-round pick, will be ready to spell Thomas, whose participation in the last minicamp was limited because he had briefly resumed taking blood thinners to treat a blood clot in his leg. Thomas is also coming off season-ending back surgery.

At center, having been spurned by LeCharles Bentley this off-season, the Eagles are left to choose between Jamaal Jackson and Hank Fraley.

The starter since 2001, Fraley went down with a shoulder injury last year and was replaced by Jackson, who started the season’s final eight games. Jackson has been with the team since 2003 after signing as a rookie free agent.

Last year’s starter at left tackle, Artis Hicks, was dealt to the Vikings in a draft-day deal.

Adrien Clarke, Todd Herremans and rookie Max Jean-Gilles will compete at left tackle.

Clarke, a third-year pro, started the final two games at left guard last season. Todd Herremans, a fourth-round pick in 2005, has moved from tackle to guard. He is coming off a season-ending ankle injury.

The Eagles have high expectations for Jean-Gilles, whom they acquired in the fourth round via the Hollis Thomas trade.
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Eagles | Clarke won't play against Browns
Wed, 9 Aug 2006 10:40:50 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said Wednesday, Aug. 9, during his press conference OL Adrien Clarke (back) will not play against the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Aug. 10.
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