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#18 Damone Clark Season 2020

Baton Rouge, La.
High School
Southern Lab HS

2021 Walter Camp Second-Team All-American
2021 Sporting News Second-Team All-American
2021 Dick Butkus Award Finalist
2021 Second-Team All-SEC
SEC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Mississippi State (Sept. 25, 2021)
SEC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Texas A&M (Nov. 29, 2021)
LSU Graduate (December, 2021 – Sports Administration)

One of the top linebackers in LSU history … Appeared in 50 games, starting 20 times, including all 12 regular season games in 2021 … Finished career with 249 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks … Responsible for four turnovers – 1 interception, 1 fumble return and 2 forced fumbles … Second team All-America by Walter Camp and the Sporting News in 2021 … Finalist for the Butkus Award in 2021 … Second team All-SEC as a senior … Invited to participate in the Senior Bowl … Wore the coveted No. 18 jersey for LSU in 2020 and 2021 … Another in a long line of Baton Rouge products to make an impact on the program … Graduated in December of 2021 with a degree in sports administration.

Led the SEC and ranked No. 2 in the nation in both tackles (135) and tackles per game (11.2) … Second team All-America from both Walter Camp and Sporting News … Second team All-SEC … Twice named SEC Defensive Player of the Week – at Mississippi State (15 tackles, 1 fumble return for 35 yards) and vs. Texas A&M (10 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks) … His 135 tackles rank as the fourth-highest single season total in school history … Recorded double-digit tackles in eight games, including career-best 19 at Ole Miss … Had streak of five straight double-digit tackle games midway through the season – 15 at Mississippi State, 13 vs. Auburn, 14 at Kentucky, 12 vs. Florida and 19 at Ole Miss … The 19 tackles rank as the third-highest single-game total in school history … Capped season with a tackle for loss in final five games and had at least one sack in four of final five contests … Credited with at least one tackle for loss in nine of 12 games … Recorded 12 stops in Nov. 13 Arkansas game with one sack (-8 yards) and 1.5 tackles for loss (-8 yards) … Posted eight tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss (-11 yards), 1.0 sack (-10 yards) and one pass break-up in Nov. 6 game at Alabama … In addition to 19 tackles vs. Ole Miss, added a sack for a 9-yard loss, 2.5 tackles for loss (-11 yards) and one forced fumble … LSU’s leading tackler in win over Florida on Oct. 16 with 11 total stops; also recorded the game-clinching interception late in the fourth quarter that preserved the Tigers’ 49-42 victory … Led the Tigers in tackles at Kentucky on Oct. 9 with 14 total stops, including 1.0 tackle for loss (-5 yards) … LSU’s leading tackler with 13 stops in Oct. 2 game vs. Auburn; included 1.0 tackle for loss for -1 yard … Posted a then career-best 15 tackles in Sept. 25 win over Miss. State; also returned a fumble 35 yards to the Miss. State 35 to set up LSU’s first TD of the game … Recorded six total tackles (five solo), including 1.0 tackles for loss (-2 yards) in Sept. 18 game vs. Central Michigan … Collected six tackles (four solo) in Sept. 11 win over McNeese; also had 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard) … LSU’s leading tackler in Sept. 4 season opener at UCLA, recording 14 total stops (10 solo, 4 assists) and one pass break-up.

Appeared in all 10 games, starting five times … Tied for team lead in tackles with 63 … Added 4.0 tackles for 18 yards in losses along with a sack for a 10-yard loss … Had two double-digit tackle games – 11 in season-opener against Mississippi State and a career-best 13 against Alabama … Had a sack for a 10-yard loss against Mississippi State … Played well in final two games of the season, recording nine tackles and a tackle for a 5-yard loss in win over Florida followed by four tackles and a tackle for loss in victory over Ole Miss … Had nine tackles and a tackle for a loss at Missouri.

Played in all 15 games, starting three times … Starter at outside linebacker in LSU’s base defensive package … Starts came against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, Georgia Southern and Northwestern State … Finished sixth on the team in tackles with 50 … Added 4.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks … Had five tackles in win over Georgia in SEC title game ..Had four tackles and a sack against Texas A&M … Opened year with career-best nine tackles in win over Georgia Southern in what was first start of his career … Had four tackles, including 1.5 sacks, in road win over Vanderbilt … Had six tackles in victory over Arkansas … Credited for a sack for a 14-yard loss against Auburn.

Played in 12 games with no starts … Recorded one tackle, that coming in win over Southeastern Louisiana … Trained behind first round draft pick Devin White at linebacker … Saw action mainly on special teams.

Hard-hitting linebacker that was part of two state title teams during his prep career … Rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals … Rated as the No. 7 player in the state of Louisiana and No. 18 inside linebacker nationally by Rivals … Nominated to participate in the Army All-American Bowl Game … Selected to participate in the 2017 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl … Coached by former LSU quarterback Marcus Randall.

Parents are Katice and Damon Clark … Born June 28, 2000 … Originally from New Orleans, his family relocated to Baton Rouge when he was five years old due to Hurricane Katrina … Family was then impacted by the flood that devastated the Baton Rouge area in August of 2016.

Damone Clark’s Career Highs
Tackles: 19 at Ole Miss, 2021
Tackles for Loss: 3.5 vs. Texas A&M, 2021
Sacks: 2.5 vs. Texas A&M, 2021
Interceptions: 1 vs. Florida, 2021

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