When Curt Brown returned to the Granby (Norfolk, VA) sideline as defensive coordinator in the 2007 season, he saw a potential stud in 6-2, 210-pound linebacker Telvion Clark . Clark didn’t disappoint, registering over 150 tackles including nine sacks last season as a junior. As the new Comets head coach, Brown expects a big-time senior season from Clark, who has continued to improve this off-season.
“When I first saw him, he was raw,” Brown said of Clark, who has committed to Virginia Tech. “He was a raw talent. He had the speed then, but he has gotten a lot better with his speed already. Now, he is more comfortable with the game. He is having fun. He knows he needs to learn more, but he is real fun to watch right now.”
Clark has always displayed good speed, but this off-season he turned good speed into great speed, displaying a 4.47 time in the 40 at Virginia Tech’s June camp. He now runs consistently in the sub-4.5 40 range, something that certainly excites Brown as the 2008 season approaches.
“When a kid runs a 4.4 in the 40, you use him as much as you can everywhere you can,” said Brown, who will use Clark on both sides of the ball. “I don’t want to give away too much, but he is not going to leave the field much.”
Speed and quickness are “Telvion’s biggest assets,” Brown says, but there is much more to the talented prospect’s game than just athletic prowess.
“He also has an ability to get to the ball,” Brown said. “He can see holes about to open up. Defensively, he is very intense. He has a nose for the ball. He can read the run and the pass real easy. He just has the full package.”
Spectators can see Clark’s talent on the gridiron, but they may not see the understated way in which he leads his teammates.
“He is definitely a leader,” Brown said. “The kids respond to him and they respect him. He is not just a tremendous athlete, but he is a tremendous person. He can motivate the rest of the kids, not necessarily by being vocal but by intensity and his ability. He has a great motor. The kids try to basically do what he is doing. They play so much harder around him.
“This year at Granby, he has taken the role of saying this is his team. He has taken to that role very quickly.”
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