Why the nation’s leading tackler has improved more as a leader than player

Geaux Nation

BATON ROUGE, La. – Damone Clark had his best day as an LSU Tiger, recording a career high 19 tackles versus Ole Miss, and the senior linebacker has led the entire country in tackles per game.

Clark’s dominant performance would have been enough reason to don number 18, but the Bayou Bengals named the Southern Lab alum team captain for the person he has been, not the athlete.

“The number 18 is character, what you do on and off the field, sort of like the perfect player and not, necessarily, is the best player, and we gave him the number 18 because of academics, his leadership, his work in the weight room, the way he handles himself and then to be a great player on top of it just adds to the number,” head coach Ed Orgeron said.

Clark has four games left in his second season as a team captain, and while the senior has drawn national attention for his growth on the field, the linebacker improved even more as a leader.

“I think Damone has done a tremendous job for us in that area. We count on Damone. He’s from the Baton Rouge area. He loves LSU. His leadership qualities are invaluable for us. He’s been a leader ever since he stepped on campus here, and we really appreciate his leadership,” Coach O added.

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