August 31, 2012

Clark is a Bulldog success story

Sylvester Croom thought so much of Arceto Clark that he turned to the then true freshman in 2008 to try and turn around a struggling offense during the final five games.

But that offseason Clark's career was nearly derailed due to off the field issues which cost him the entire 2009 season. But the Mississippi State wide receiver has bounced back to start 25 consecutive games for the Bulldogs and their most consistent target the past two years.

"It's been a little bumpy but here lately it's leveled out," Clark said of his career in Starkville. "Right now things are going pretty good. I just use all that as motivation to keep going hard and to keep pushing the younger guys as well."

Clark was arrested in the spring of 2009 and charged with petty larceny. He was suspended for the entire 2009 season by Dan Mullen but still practiced with the team and made his return in 2010 where he was MSU's second leading receiver with 25 catches for 362 yards and three touchdowns.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder followed up with a junior campaign where he started every game grabbing 30 passes for a team-high 442 yards and four touchdowns.

Now entering his final collegiate season, Clark has already realized that his time is winding down.

"It hit me when we first came back that this was the last year," Clark said. "But I'm just taking it one day at a time and just enjoying it. I'm out here having fun with my teammates every day."

Clark and the Bulldogs will kickoff the 2012 season on Saturday hosting Jackson State. He cannot wait to enter a sold out Davis Wade Stadium to play in front of the maroon and white faithful.

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