Ken Clark rounded out his career with the Nebraska Cornhuskers by posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in his final two years playing under legendary coach Tom Osborne. On Saturday, one of the Huskers’ all-time leading rushers died of a heart attack at the age of 46.
Clark’s cousin, Stephanie Clark of Omaha, confirmed his death to CBS Sports. He was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the time.
When the Big 12 was still at eight teams, Clark was named a two-time All-Big Eight running back. A 1988 game against Oklahoma State and the Cowboys’ star running back, Barry Sanders, provided the highlight of Clark’s highly decorated career. Clark vastly outperformed the future Heisman Trophy-winning superstar with a 256-yard, three touchdown virtuoso performance in leading Nebraska to victory.
In his three years playing, Clark amassed 3,037 yards, a total that still ranks seventh on the Huskers’ all-time list.
Following his time in Lincoln, Clark was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. He appeared in 34 games from 1990-92.
Everyone here at Gamedayr Nation sends our deepest condolences to Clark’s surviving family and loved ones.
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