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Saluki lineman receives NFL mini camp invite

By Jacob Gaertner, @JGaertnerDE

The Chicago Bears have invited SIU football’s Garrett Clark to their 2016 mini camp.

Clark, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive lineman, started nine games at center for SIU in 2015.

He orchestrated an offensive line that led the Missouri Valley Football Conference with only 12 sacks allowed despite 427 passing attempts, second most in the MVFC.

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The o-line contributed to an offensive unit that led the MVFC in total, scoring, and passing offense in 2015. 

Clark was named the most valuable offensive lineman by his teammates at SIU.

In the 2015 season, the Bears ranked 21st and 23rd of 32 teams in total offense and passing offense, respectively.

Chicago ranked 18th in sacks allowed while throwing the ball less frequently than 24 other teams. Just 14 other teams had a higher sack rate than the Bears.

Jacob Gaertner can be reached at [email protected] or at 618-536-3303. 

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