All-American redux for Clark
Former Rockdale star Le’Raven Clark has been named to his second freshman All-American team, this time by the Football Writers Association, a panel that consists of nationally prominent writers.
Clark had previously been named a freshman All-American by Scout.com, powered by Fox Sports.
He was the first Texas Tech offensive lineman to receive such accolades.
He was also named to the Big 12 team.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pound redshirt freshman graded out as Tech’s top offensive lineman during the 2012 season, according to former offensive line coach Chris Thomsen.
At right guard, Clark helped anchor a line that allowed just 19 sacks over 13 games, a figure that finished as the fifth best in the Big 12 Conference.
He helped pave the way for the Tech running game which produced 1,874 rushing yards this past season—Tech’s most since 1998.
Heisman Trophy-winning Texas A& M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first quarterback to be named to both the FWAA All-America Team and its Freshman All-America Team.
Only three other players have earned a spot on both teams: Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson (2004); and Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Missouri wide receiver/ return specialist Jeremy Maclin (2007).
The FWAA has named a Freshman All-America team since the 2001 season.
Texas Tech (8-5) is coming off an exciting 34-31 victory over Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston in which the Red Raiders’ kicked a field goal as time expired to win.