Name: Lane Clark
School: Tennessee State University
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
My main goal of the season was to win a conference championship and then hopefully make it to the National Championship, which is typically every players goal. Some of my personal goals were to get All-conference and All-American accolades for the second year in a row and also be as reliable as possible for the team.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Explosive, focused, repetitive.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I’ve been training at home in Hays, KS and also in Frisco, TX. In Hays, I’ve been lucky enough to use FHSU’s indoor facility thanks to their head coach and family friend Chris Brown. The weather was nice during my time in Frisco where I stayed with my cousin and kicked at different fields. One of my close friends from high school, Alex Munsch, has a top-notch gym in Hays where I’ve been doing my conditioning and weight training.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
For kickers, every kick should look the same. So, whenever I watch myself on film, I watch my best kick and then figure out what I did differently on other kicks that may have caused an issue. I typically focus on the fluidity of my approach, plant foot, and the direction of my follow through.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
Something that stands out to me from my college career that could separate me from other kickers is that no team returned a kickoff for a touchdown on me during my 4 years at TSU. Whether I kicked a touchback, we covered the kick well, or I made an open field tackle, no one returned a kickoff for a touchdown on me. I have a strong leg, and have shown to be able to hit clutch game-tying/winning kicks when needed.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I’m a strong, athletic, place kicker that can hit pressure kicks when needed. I am not just a kicker, I am a weapon. I’m one of the hardest-working players off the field and my abilities show this. My time management skills and personal skills were a great contributor to my off-field success where I graduated with a Biology degree and a 3.89 GPA. Whichever team gives me a shot won’t have to worry about me missing meetings, or practices, or anything of that nature. I’m always accounted for, and will be reliable in all aspects on and off the field.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
Every team who’s interested in me needs to know they would be getting a difference maker. On the field, I will not only get the job done, I will be a weapon. Off the field, you will be getting a genuine, hard-working athlete who is never satisfied with his performances. I won’t just be a kicker, I will help push my teammates to the best of their abilities, so that we as a team can reach our full potential.