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Damone Clark Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

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Career day for Clark is recognized by the SEC

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Mississippi State Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Damone Clark had the best game of his LSU career in Saturday’s 28-25 win over Mississippi State and his performance made him the SEC’s defensive player of the week.

Clark had a career-high 15 tackles and also recovered a fumble and returned it 35 yards, setting up the LSU offense to score its opening touchdown.

“I’m proud of the way our team fought,” Clark said after the game. “We fought to the end. I can’t be any more proud.”

“Damone is a great young man, a smart young man,” Ed Orgeron said Monday in his weekly meeting with reporters. “We identified the things that he needs to get better at and one of the things was open field tackling and obviously, he’s doing a great job of it. The next thing is pass coverage. You can come on a Saturday or Sunday, Damone Clark’s here working. He got better at it. He’s studying more film. He still has some things that he needs to get better at, but he’s somebody that wants to work at it all the time. He has all the skills to be a great linebacker.”

Through four games, Clark leads both LSU and all SEC defenders with 41 tackles. That also puts him seventh in the entire nation.