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Will Clarke
DE #93
Height:
6-6
Weight:
271
Age:
23
College:
West Virginia
Experience:
R

Quick Stats (2014):

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0
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL -- 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2014 CIN 1 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @BAL W 23-16 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 ATL W 24-10 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 TEN W 33-7 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

      Clarke fits the size mold of recent Bengals DEs Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson, and he was successful both at DE and at DT during his West Virginia career ... Switched from weak-side DE to strong-side DT as a senior and absorbed the position switch with ease, posting career-best totals for sacks (six) and tackles-for-loss (17) ... Only player in WVU history to win three “Iron Mountaineer” awards for excellence in the weight room, and Bengals coaches believe he has the potential to play at 290 pounds early in his pro career, 20 pounds more than his college weight ... Raised his draft stock with a strong performance in the Senior Bowl game and the practices that preceded it.
Clarke fits the size mold of recent Bengals DEs Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson, and he was successful both at DE and at DT during his West Virginia career ... Switched from weak-side DE to strong-side DT as a senior and absorbed the position switch with ease, posting career-best totals for sacks (six) and tackles-for-loss (17) ... Only player in WVU history to win three “Iron Mountaineer” awards for excellence in the weight room, and Bengals coaches believe he has the potential to play at 290 pounds early in his pro career, 20 pounds more than his college weight ... Raised his draft stock with a strong performance in the Senior Bowl game and the practices that preceded it.

    Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2014 NFL Draft (88th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-27-14.

    Coach Jay Hayes says: “This guy has played inside in a three-man line, as well as playing on the outside, and he’s not afraid to mix it up. He’s knocking people back, playing with great pad level. Even though he’s 6-6, he’ll have that good pad level and not get knocked back or locked out, and he can get off blocks. That’s what it’s all about when you’re playing in the trenches.”

    College highlights: Played four seasons (2010-13) at West Virginia, with a redshirt year in 2009 ... A starter in his last three seasons, he closed career with 41 games played and 34 starts ... Made 22 starts at DE before starting 12 at DT as senior ... Totaled 110 tackles, with 9.5 sacks and 28.5 tackles-for-loss, and had seven passes defensed. 2013—His first year as a DT saw him place third in Big 12 with his 17 tackles-for-loss ... Tied for sixth in conference with six sacks ... Rose above team’s 4-8 record to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors from league coaches and Associated Press. 2012—Earned Big 12 honorable mention honors at DE, totaling 26 tackles (1.5 sacks), 6.5 tackles-for-loss and three passes defensed. 2011—Started 11 games as sophomore for 10-3 team that closed season with Orange Bowl win over Clemson ... Totaled 34 tackles (two sacks), five tackles-for-loss and one pass defensed ... Sacked Tajh Boyd in Orange Bowl win. 2010—Played four games as freshman.

    Coach Paul Guenther says: “Will has great reach, almost 35-inch arms. He’s a long guy, and he’s going to develop into a bigger-bodied guy. We like players who are long and athletic. It’s been proven in the NFL over the last 5-10 years that you can never have enough (pass) rushers. You roll them in and out and keep them fresh. And Will is hard-working, disciplined, and truly loves the game.”

    High school: Played TE and OLB at Taylor Allerdice High School in Pittsburgh ... Twice earned All-City honors on both offense and defense from Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ... Also excelled in basketball, averaging 16.0 points per game for a 20-6 team as a senior.

    Personal: Hometown is Pittsburgh, Pa. ... A criminology major at West Virginia, he was named to WVU’s Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll and to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

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