December 21, 2014

Former Husker star RB Ken Clark, dead at 46

Ken Clark shown in a game against Kansas in 1989.  Kent Morgan Olsen

Ken Clark shown in a game against Kansas in 1989. Kent Morgan Olsen

Ken Clark, a star running back for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the late ’80’s died this Saturday in Minneapolis, MN. from a massive heart attack. He was 46.

Clark was a two-time All-Big Eight running back who rushed for over 1,000 yards in both his junior and senior seasons and posted a career average of 6.1 yards per carry, while scoring 29 touchdowns.  Clark  holds the junior single-game rushing record (fourth best overall in NU history) with 256 yards against  Oklahoma State in 1988. He is also fifth on the Nebraska career rushing list with 3,037 yards and is fifth on the single-season rushing list (1,497).

Following his time at Nebraska, Clark was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the eighth round of the 1990 NFL Draft and spent three seasons with the Colts, where he played in 34 games.

Tom Osborne issued the following statement on the passing of former Nebraska running back Ken Clark:

“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.”