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Know Your Bulls: #45 Patrick Clarke

Clarke via <a href="">UB Athletics</a>
Clarke via UB Athletics

Know your Bulls is a countdown to the kick off. If will look at every single UB football player on the roster. When the players number matches the number of days remaining then it's his turn in the spotlight.

Position: Kicker

From: New Castle, Deleware

Handled Kickoffs all season and took over field goals in the last three games.

Seldom is a kicker really appreciated, that is until you find yourself badly in need of one. Say, for instance, you're coming back to tie the team who eventually won the Mid American conference. Just one extra point away, that's when you need a kicker.

Last season the Bulls tried to fill that gap with a senior punter. Despite the fact that Peter Fardon was a great punter his kicking game was out of sorts. Finally towards the end of the season Coach Quinn made the call and Patrick Clarke, a true freshman started making the big kicks.

Clarke was and perfect, hitting all six of his field goals and all 10 of his extra points. This was late in the season when the weather does not exactly favor kickers. Still he made his first career field goal on a 43-yard attempt against Eastern Michigan and hit three field goals, including a career-long of 49 yards in a blowout win over Akron.

Coming out of spring Clarke is tabbed as the Bulls main kicker, and there is not a lot of chance that changes before the season kicks off against the Georgia Bulldogs.