Overview: John Clark is a senior who plays tackle and guard for Southern Nazarene University. He is a great run blocker, is strong, and has a good football I.Q.
I had the pleasure of interviewing John, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Southern Nazarene University?
JC: Out of high school I was looking for an institution that matched my core values and that played football at a competitive level. Over the course of the recruiting process SNU wasn’t even on my radar. Once they got in contact with me and offered me a scholarship it was a no brainer. That’s where God wanted me to be.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
JC: I am not oversized, or a prototype by any means. But that has helped me develop a set of skills that a lot of people don’t possess. I believe that I will impress NFL scouts with my consistency, work ethic, mechanics and overall knowledge of the game. I also believe that in a combine setting or bowl game situation scouts would notice my foot speed and strength.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
JC: I think that my ability to read a defense is a strength of mine. My ability to strike and lock on defenders while not losing my feet is another. Being able to play consistently throughout a drive even if it may be 22 plays is one as well. My weaknesses are misreading angles when moving to the second level. Another weakness can sometimes be my over aggressiveness.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
JC: My physicality, ability to correctly time punches and overall speed are things that separate myself.
C: Do you prefer run blocking or pass blocking?
JC: I prefer run blocking over pass blocking.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
JC: I think I resemble T.J. Lang the most. His ability to run block and the fact that he gets better as drives go on are things I like to think I do as well.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
JC: Soloman Thomas in high school was one of the toughest.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
JC: I love to have a minute by minute schedule for game day. Having time to visualize and stretch etc.. is important to me. I always listen to music before games and always pray under the field goal post or on the sidelines before the game for my team and give thanks for the opportunity to play another day.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
JC: I think a coach I had in college that noticed things that I did that I assumed went completely unnoticed was amazing. He inspired me by telling me that the things I was doing were making a difference in peoples lives and not to stop to think about being recognized.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
JC: I think people should know that I absolutely love the game of football. A lot of people just want to go to the NFL for the paycheck and lose their passion for the game along the way. But after a long high school and college career I am still as passionate about practice, film, rehab, training and game day as I ever have been. I love every single minute of it.
Locker Room Update would like to thank John Clark for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2017 draft prospect
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