NRM's Le'Raven Clark Named to FWAA Freshman All-America Team
Texas Tech right guard Le'Raven Clark has been named to the Football Writer's Association of America's Freshman All-American team. Clark, a native of Rockdale, is majoring in fisheries biology at the university's Department of Natural Resources Management.
The redshirt freshman graded out as Tech's top offensive lineman during the 2012 season, according to former offensive line coach Chris Thomsen. Clark helped anchor a line that allowed just 19 sacks over 13 games, a figure that finished as the fifth best in the Big 12 Conference. Texas Tech has now had freshman All-Americans in back-to-back seasons as Jarvis Philips took home similar honors in 2011.
Ohio State's first-year coach Urban Meyer claimed the first-year coaching honors after his Buckeyes completed a perfect 12-0 regular season. The team and coach are selected by an 11-person panel of nationally-prominent writers led by Mike Griffith of the MLive Media Group. Both true freshmen (15 players) and redshirt freshmen (15 players) were considered for the team and are so noted.
Clark, who attended Rockdale High School, was ranked as a three-star by Rivals and ESPN.com prior to coming to Tech. He earned District 23-3A honors on both the offensive and defensive lines his junior and senior years, and was named All-State honors as a senior. The 6-foot-5, 303-pounder had a big impact on the Red Raiders' line in his first year as a freshman starter after redshirting in 2011.
In terms of fisheries biology, Mark Wallace, chairman of Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management, noted that Texas contains more than 191,000 miles of streams and rivers, over 3 million acres of reservoirs, ponds and stock tanks, and some 4 million acres of territorial sea in the Gulf of Mexico.
"The great majority of these waters contain fish populations which support important sport or commercial fisheries," he said. "Fisheries management is the art and science of using fish hatcheries, protective regulations, and habitat manipulation to produce the greatest recreational and commercial benefits to society, including conservation of non-game and threatened and endangered species."
Successful fisheries management requires an in-depth understanding of fish ecology and population dynamics, Wallace added. The goal of the Texas Tech department is to develop professionals skilled in the art and science of fisheries management, and in the ecological understanding of renewable natural resources management, he said.
Written by Norman Martin
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