Outside the Huddle and Blitz are counting down who they feel are the top 50 individual players in northeast Indiana heading into the 2021 season.
Our highest preseason honor, this placement at #7 is the fifth spot on our third-annual First Eleven list.
No. 7: QB Carson Clark, senior, Bishop Luers
There was a time in which some had doubt that Carson Clark would ever develop into a successful SAC quarterback.
In fact, that time was early last year.
Clark struggled out of the gate in Week 1. He threw two INTs with no touchdowns in a loss to Carroll. Three weeks later, he completed just 6-of-16 passes against Concordia Lutheran while throwing two picks.
But then, it all clicked.
The astounding 11-game run following the blowout loss to the Cadets caught most completely off guard. He not only piled up yards and touchdowns, he trimmed interceptions, tossing just one over the final eight games of the season.
By the time the dust settled, Clark had broken every major single-season passing record at Bishop Luers, with 3,592 yards passing, 38 TDs and 11 INTs.
Back for 2021 as the most prolific aerial attacker in the SAC, Clark is primed to lead the Knights to another deep run in the postseason. The majority of his weaponry is back, and the senior has the swagger to lead and command respect in the huddle.
Clark’s arm isn’t overly strong, nor is he a threat to run much, but his competitiveness is always high and he can make all the throws in an offense that priorities taking advantage of his attributes.
COACH’S QUOTE ON CARSON CLARK
“Carson Clark has made as many strides as a quarterback in three years as anyone I’ve ever coached, and it has everything to do with his consistent approach to getting better every day, on the field, in the weight room and in film study. He started at Luers as a jittery sophomore and has blossomed into a confident quarterback in everything he does. On top of a great arm and a quick, accurate release, very good athleticism and a full understanding of every position onm the field offensively, he uses criticism and self-reflection to polish his whole game. He has all the intangibles a coach looks for in a quarterback. above all else, he is a leader and a winner.” – Bishop Luers coach Kyle Lindsay