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The Big Ten's Best 11: No. 7 Darryl Clark, Penn State Quarterback

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Kristofer Green

Darryl Clark is back and his goal is clear.

Pasadena or bust.

Clark's MVP-caliber 2008 season--he completed 60% of his passes for 2,592 yards with 19 touchdowns with just six interceptions and ran for 282 yards and ten touchdowns--is in the rear view mirror and the sixth-year senior has Rose Bowl aspirations.

Can Darryl Clark lead the Nittany Lions back to Pasadena?

The 6-2, 233 lbs. quarterback is a thick, tough, strong player with excellent mobility and a great command of the offense, but his championship hopes may likely depend on the plethora of new offensive pieces in Happy Valley.

"I feel like we have a team that is good enough to make another Big Ten run. We're capable of winning every football game and contending for the national title again," Clark told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Knowing he will have to be even steadier this season Clark will use his experience to make everyone around him better.

"He loves to play, and he carries people with him. He's a dynamite guy in the huddle. In your winter program he's a guy out there pushing everybody," said Joe Paterno.

Clark could be good enough to push his team all the way to the Big Ten Championship.


No. 7 Darryl Clark, Penn State QB

No. 8 Bryan Bulaga, Iowa OT

No. 9 Juice Williams, Illinois QB

No. 10 Brandon Graham, Michigan DE

No. 11 Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State DE


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