Published Monday, February 18, 2013 AT 3:37 PM / Updated at 7:47 PM
Osborne says Clark ‘will be remembered by all associated with him’
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

We’ll have a full story on Ken Clark coming, but here’s a statement from Tom Osborne on the death of the former Nebraska I-back:

“Ken Clark was an outstanding player for our football team, and he was a very consistent and durable running back. He led the team in rushing in both 1988 and 1989, and ran for more than 3,000 yards in his career, while averaging better than six yards per carry. Ken was quiet, but he became a very strong leader on our football team. He was very tough physically and mentally.

“Ken graduated from Nebraska after his playing days were over and spent much of his life working with young people. He will certainly be missed and remembered by all who were associated with him.”

Clark was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2008. The Omaha Bryan graduate also went into the Omaha Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Clark was front and center during the glory days of great I-backs coming out of the Metro Conference in the 1980s and into the 1990s. Keith Jones, Calvin Jones, Leodis Flowers, George Achola, Clinton Childs, Damon Benning, Ahman Green — and Nebraska got ‘em all, too.

“He (Clark) was right up there at the top,” former Bryan head coach Tim Bond said Monday.

Clark died of a heart attack Saturday night in Minneapolis. He was 46.

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