California dreamin': Wolverines' Clark has Rose Bowl on brain

California dreamin': Wolverines' Clark has Rose Bowl on brain
July 28, 2014, 5:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

It wasn't a winter's day, but that didn't stop Michigan defensive lineman Frank Clark from doing some California dreamin' during Monday's Big Ten Media Day.

Many observers don't have too high of hopes for the Wolverines, what with them being in the same division as conference favorites Michigan State and Ohio State. But don't tell that to Clark, who has his goals very specifically laid out. Almost too specifically.

"I want to take us to a place — as a person, as a leader of our defense — I want to take us to a place where we haven’t been, and that’s to Pasadena," he said. "All I think about is seeing the sun set, having a rose in my mouth. I watch videos all the time of Charles Woodson. I watch Charles Woodson hold a rose in his mouth with his hands in the air. That’s what I want to do, that’s what I want to see. I want to be in Pasadena, on the West Coast, see the mountains and the sun set. That’s what I want to see.

“Go to the parade, stand on one of the things driving down the street.”

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He's referring, of course, to floats. And perhaps a parade is the best spot for Clark, who's exuberance was on full display Monday.

If the Wolverines can surprise, then Clark will be at the center of the success. He ranked in the top 15 in the conference last season in tackles for loss and is one of several playmakers on a defense that also includes Jake Ryan, Blake Countess and Jabrill Peppers, among others.

Michigan in the Rose Bowl, which is one of the semifinals in the inaugural College Football Playoff, doesn't seem too likely. But if Frank Clark can dream it, perhaps the Wolverines can do it.