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Ryan Clarke

Last fall, Mountaineer coaches and fans were desperate to find the missing piece to the WVU offense puzzle. The loss of rambunctious Owen Schmitt at the fullback position left WVU lacking in terms of lead blocking and short yardage running, and that probably cost the gold and blue a couple of games.

Finding a suitable replacement at the position thus became a point of emphasis in both recruiting and offseason development. One of the players vying to make that position his own is redshirt freshman Ryan Clarke, whose size and build stand out as natural fits for the position. The six-footer, who now weighs in at 243 pounds, is still a few ticks short of his target in the high 230s, but has...

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