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The indispensable Daryll Clark

Written by Paul Zeise on .

Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark has been selected as one of the country's Most Valuable Players at the midpoint point of the season.

The Sporting News college football reporter Matt Hayes selected Clark No. 6 among his “Most Indispensable” players and their “importance in relation to the national title and conference championship races.”

In his first season as a starter, Clark has led the Nittany Lions to a 6-0 record (2-0 Big Ten) and the No. 6 ranking in the polls. The junior from Youngstown, Ohio, leads the Big Ten in pass efficiency and is directing one of the nation’s most balanced and prolific offenses.

Clark, a junior from Youngstown, Ohio, has led the Big Ten in pass efficiency the past four weeks and is No. 11 nationally with a 162.4 rating. For the season, he is 80 of 124 (64.5) for 1,116 yards, with nine touchdowns and one interception. He also has 133 rushing yards on 32 carries (4.2), with four scores.

He is sixth in the conference in passing yardage (186.0 ypg) and sixth in total offense (208.2 ypg), having left each of the first four games before the end of the third quarter.

Clark has been responsible for 18 of Penn State’s 40 longest plays from scrimmage this season, with 16 completions and two carries of 20 yards or more.

-- Ron Musselman

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