Clarke wants the ball

There are 2 comments on the Martinsburg Journal story from Aug 1, 2011, titled Clarke wants the ball. In it, Martinsburg Journal reports that:

Ryan Clarke is one of the biggest running backs on West Virginia University 's football team.

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York, NE

#1 Aug 1, 2011
Personally, I would like to see Ryan Clarke be more successful this year. But, it's not gonna happen if he doesn't learn to hold onto the football. He lost a key fumble against LSU. He lost more than one against UConn, and one of those was arguably the game winner in OT.

This past spring he had an opportunity to put it all together and start a'new. Instead, he fumbled the football. True to his word, Dana Holgorsen gave him fewer touches. Now, Clarke is #3 on the depth chart.

It's a shame, really. Clarke has a rare combination of size, speed, strength and talent. Couple that with his experience and his tenacity to lean forward, as opposed to being pushed back (not to mention his blocking ability) and you've got a valuable commodity at Full Back.

You can argue his fumbles lost the UConn game. What with having scored 16 TD's over the past two seasons, how many games do you suppose he's won?

Here's what I'd like to see. Holgorsen has this three back, quazi-wishbone package he likes to use now and then. Imagine that backfield containing, Lindamood, Alston, and Clarke in short yardage or goal-line situations. Who gets the ball?

Let's hope Clarke gets his fair share. GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!
Eer Fan

Huntington, WV

#3 Sep 9, 2011
Ryan Clarke will not get the ball 5 times this year. Holgerson has made it very clear that his "B" backs, fullbacks, don't get the ball even in short yardage situations. I don't like this, but it's his philosophy. It didn't matter if Clarke hadn't fumbled his entire career, he wasn't getting the ball regardless. This is the only issue I have with holgerson at this point.

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