18  Justin Clark
Justin Clark

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Gastonia, N.C.

High School:
North Gaston HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 215

Position:
QB


2005 (Jr.): Western's starting quarterback for all nine games ... Completed 120-of-214 passes for 1,253 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions ... Ranked third in the SoCon in passing (139.2 ypg) and sixth in total offense (124.8 ypg) ... Had TD passes of five and 48 yards in WCU's win over Mars Hill ... Was 17-of-27 for 138 yards in the Cats' win over Furman ... Had a season-high 201 passing yards in a near upset at Cincinnati ... Had 144 passing yards, on 13-of-18 attempts, at Chattanooga to put him over 2,000 passing yards for his career ... Was 10-of-18 for 108 yards and a TD versus Elon ... Continued hot string, earning Western's team offensive MVP award versus Wofford ... Completed 16-of-23 passes for 162 yards ... Completed a 63-yard touchdown pass to Lamont Reid at Chattanooga, tying Clark's career long ... After throwing three picks at Cincinnati and one the following week on the first drive of the game versus The Citadel, had a span of 114 pass attempts (over four games) without an interception, ending on the second drive at App State.

2004 (So.): Played in nine games, starting two (Elon and The Citadel) ... Came off the bench to lead WCU to a come-from-behind win over Appalachian State, completing all five pass attempts and a two-point conversion while scoring 14 unanswered points ... Versus the Apps, Western was down 27-16 with just under five minutes left to play and starting QB Bennett Swygert left the game with an injury ... On Clark's first play from scrimmage, hit Eddie Cohen on a short crossing route, which ended up becoming a 53-yard touchdown ... After getting the on-side kick, Clark led the Cats to the one-yard line thanks to completions of six and 32 yards only to fumble giving ASU the ball back with 2:03 left ... Western got a final chance as ASU fumbled ... Clark capitalized, by completing a pas for no gain then, with 49 seconds left, Clark hit Michael Reeder in the left corner of the endzone for a 22-yard TD ... Clark and Reeder teamed up for the two-point conversion, giving WCU the 30-27 win ... Ended the season completing 88-of-149 passes (.591) with nine interceptions and seven TDs for 1,065 yards ... Ranked 44th in the NCAA and fourth in the SoCon in passing efficiency (122.5 rating), while ranking fourth in the SoCon in passing (118.3 yards/game) and sixth in total offense (113.0 yards/game) ... Other than the App game, best game was versus Chattanooga, completing 21-of-33 passes for 350 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions ... The 350 yards ranks 10th on the WCU single-game passing yards list and 12th on the WCU single-game total offense list ... Was also perfect in the season opener, going 3-for-3 for 48 yards and a touchdown versus West Virginia State ... Came off the bench in a near win over Gardner-Webb ... Was 6-of-12 for 52 yards, leading WCU to a pair of scoring drives late, giving the Cats a 20-13 lead with 10:23 left ... Was 16-of-27 for 171 yards, including a 63-yard TD, in a win over Elon ... Was solid off bench and nearly led WCU to a win over sixth-ranked Wofford, completing 14-of-23 passes for 120 yards.

2003 (RFr.): Played in seven games, serving as the backup to All-SoCon quarterback Brian Gaither ... Completed 11-of-23 passes for 160 yards ... Completed a 54-yard pass to Lamont Seward versus Johnson C. Smith, setting up a six-yard TD run by Nicholas Wishart ... Completed a season-high four passes at Chattanooga.

2002 (Fr.): Redshirted.

Prior to Western: Gaston Gazette Player of the Year ... First team All-Gaston County and second team All-Charlotte Observer ... Set North Gaston HS records with 28 career touchdown passes and throwing for over 2,000 yards in his career ... A two-time all-conference pick ... Also played baseball at North Gaston, where he was a four-time all-conference selection at shortstop ... Set school records for career batting average (.398), career stolen bases (108) and fielding percentage.

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