Beauty playing, Clark

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET

Brian Clark is often ignored.

Playing in the heart of an extremely talented linebacking core in Calgary, he's hardly a household name compared to the rest of the regular quartet.

John Grace is the reigning CFL defensive player of the year.

George White led the league in tackles last year.

And Scott Coe constantly grabs headlines for his wacky coloured hair (from red to bleach blond) or his zany superstitions.

But Clark is the silent rock in the middle - and was a major pain in the backside to the Eskimos last Saturday night in Calgary.

"He was the defensive player of the week as far as I am concerned," said Coe.

And if Clark delivers another outstanding performance tonight, the Esks will be in real trouble again.

"He blitzes, drops into coverage ... and being a quarterback you have to be aware of where he is at because he is controlling the middle of the football field," said Eskimos pivot Ricky Ray, who received a rude welcome from Clark last weekend.

After stripping running back Troy Davis of the ball on the second series of the game, Clark knocked the ball out of Ray's hands and recovered the fumble in prime Edmonton scoring position in the second quarter.

Then with the game on the line in the fourth quarter, the 32-year-old import linebacker intercepted Ray to cap the Calgary win.

But stunningly, Clark isn't completely happy with the performance from one week ago.

"It was a good game statistically, but there were still plenty of mistakes in the run game," he said.

The Eskimos better hope Clark isn't better tonight.


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