From one Butkus to another? Devin White’s impact on Damone Clark

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Damone Clark could finish his LSU career in award-winning fashion. The senior is a finalist for the Butkus award, recognizing the best linebacker in the country, and Number 18 credits his success to the first Butkus award winner in LSU history: Devin White.

“Every time my dad sees Devin or whenever he sees Devin, my dad always tells Devin ‘thank you,’ because my dad knows how much of an impact that Devin had on my life. He would only make me workout with him. He was always hard on me. He would make me go over drills, and I never understood why. Just looking back now, I just text Devin, Jacob and Pecue last week, and I just told them ‘thank you. Thank you for helping me to be the man that I am today,'” Clark explained.

Another person Clark thanks for his success is Blake Baker. The senior has praised the linebackers coach all season, and the two’s relationship has been key in Clark’s senior year dominance.

“He’s more than just a coach to me. He’s like a father figure. He’s like a big brother. Whenever I need Coach Baker, if I need anything, I know Coach Baker’s always there, and it’s just his way of interacting with us,” Clark said.

“It’s pretty clear that he’s just a guy that he gets along so well with the linebackers and just the defensive guys in general. He definitely has a knack for being able to connect with players and communicate his techniques and his coaching points to a way that really resonates with people. He’s done a great job with everybody in the linebacker room,” center Liam Shanahan added.

Clark currently leads the country with 125 total tackles.

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