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A disarming sight

It was a bit disarming to see the familiar No. 17 gold quarterback jersey dropping back to pass during drills at Saturday's minicamp session at Redskins Park.

Just weeks after former starting quarterback Jason Campbell, who wore the No. 17 during his time here, was traded to the Oakland Raiders, another quarterback had already snatched up the number: former Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark, who auditioned for the Redskins this weekend.

Clark was one of more than 20 rookie tryout invitees at the minicamp
and was hoping to catch on to a roster with four quarterbacks already
signed: Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, Colt Brennan and Richard Bartel.

"It's been a real big-time experience for me learning the whole offense and being out here with all these stars and things," Clark said following Saturday's practice session. "For the first 10 minutes [Friday] after practice started I was a little starstruck, didn't say anything but I'm learning a lot, man. Everything is still spinning in my head, there is so much they poured on me, but everything is getting better for me."

Clark wore No. 17 in college and said he requested the number this weekend. And while he donned the same jersey Campbell made so familiar these past few seasons, seeing the new franchise quarterback, Donovan McNabb, had the biggest impact on the rookie during minicamp.

"Throughout your college career you're compared to a player like him and that's a huge compliment for me because of what he's done in the league," Clark said. "He's a great guy, man, and any time I asked him a question, he answered it for me. He's helped me out with anything I needed and I really appreciate it, not only him but the other quarterbacks as well."

Clark threw for 5,742 yards and 43 touchdowns in his career at Penn State, including 3,003 yards and 24 touchdowns last season as a senior. He also rushed for 22 touchdowns during his career.

This weekend at minicamp, however, he was just another rookie hopeful asking for a shot. Clark spent much of his time during the full practice watching other players take reps, but the 6-foot-3, 232-pound quarterback also got a chance to show coaches his ability during the 6 a.m. workouts held for the rookies.

"Basically they said they were going to throw as much as they can at me and test me on how much I knew," Clark said. "For as long as I've been here I feel like I've done a pretty good job with it. They're still testing me."

Clark and the other players trying out for a roster spot were scheduled to break camp this afternoon, hoping they'd done enough in three days to impress Mike Shanahan and General Manager Bruce Allen and merit a phone call and a contract.

By Paul Tenorio  |  May 9, 2010; 2:51 PM ET
 
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Comments

I have always felt that the #17 jersey should be retired. The only #17 QB to me will always be Billy Kilmer.

No disrespect to JC or anyone else who has worn it.

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | May 9, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I Like Sonny!


(ok, i like Billy too, LOL)

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | May 9, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

from our new fearless leader,

"....With our young receivers and bringing in a guy like Joey [Galloway], again, I think it takes pressure off them,..."

Third year NFL receivers need to have pressure taken off them?

Wazzup wid dat?

You'd think these guys would dazzle by this point.

Might J Galloway steal more than just a roster spot in the wake of M Mitchell's absence?

I'd say yes.

And I hate to say it.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 9, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Poor Jason Reid just can't come to face the reality that his boy Campbell has been traded. Years from now nobdy will remember or care that JC wore number 17.

Posted by: theBozyn | May 9, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

We have had 2 good no. 17s in both Williams and Kilmer. I disagree with retiring numbers, but feel there should be the request for permission on some numbers

Posted by: alex35332 | May 9, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

btw this kid Clark needs a bit of mechanics work, he throws off his front foot like a pitcher

Posted by: alex35332 | May 9, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Poor Jason Reid just can't come to face the reality that his boy Campbell has been traded. Years from now nobdy will remember or care that JC wore number 17.

Posted by: theBozyn | May 9, 2010 3:29 PM |

Except this was written by Tenorio. Pretty lame to take shots at people for taking shots when you don't even have your facts straight about who, in fact, is taking the shots.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | May 9, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Clark wore 17 in college in honor of Doug Williams. I think he is well aware of the historical meaning of that number in this town.

Posted by: ashmilad | May 9, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Clark wore 17 in college to honor Doug Williams. He is a great kid, real hard worker, and knows the historical significance of that number is this town.

Posted by: ashmilad | May 9, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

True, I did have a brain fart and forgot about Doug.

Well, that is two out of three starting QB's who wore that number and took the Skins to the Super Bowl. Since those are pretty good odds, maybe I will rescind that request and just have that number be available.

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | May 9, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

The nice thing about reusing numbers of great players is that if you buy a jersey and the current player flames out like Campbell did you can rip off the name and call it a throwback.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Its disarming seeing Galloway in Gary Clark's number.

Posted by: coparker5 | May 9, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Jason Reid and Mike Wise continuing to mourn the loss of their buddy, Jason Campbell. Sob, sniffle, sob.

Posted by: redskins459 | May 9, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

The only thing disarming to me seeing number 17 on the Redskin practice field is the threat that Jason Campbell is still here! Then I wake up and remember he is in Oakland. Thank God!

Posted by: prknguy | May 9, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

The only thing disarming to me seeing number 17 on the Redskin practice field is the threat that Jason Campbell is still here! Then I wake up and remember he is in Oakland. Thank God!

Posted by: prknguy | May 9, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Disarming means to take the weapons away. You're ready to fight, but someone disarms you with a persuasive charm.

Exactly how is seeing someone other than JC wearing #17 "disarming"?

Discombobulating, perhaps, but not disarming.

Posted by: Xlnt | May 10, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

I thought it would be a "feel-good" piece about a rookie long-shot QB with no arms. Only to find it's a fight about which #17 was the drunkest and fatest.

By the way, I'm going with Kilmer.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 10, 2010 5:59 AM | Report abuse

I see Clark as one of the first players cut... Campbell ruined #17 at least at QB.. Hopefully a WR will wear it next time.

Posted by: sovine08 | May 10, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I excited to see #15 again.. Reminds me of 2007 the last time the Skins made the playoffs when Collins wore it. Hopefully Colt wearing his old college number again will bring some of his college success with it...

Posted by: sovine08 | May 10, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Let's face it Colt Brennan sucks.

Posted by: jtrob_1 | May 10, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Jason,

Are you serious?? You must be bored and need something to write about. I just can't figure out your love affair with a player that hasnt made any contribution to the Redskins. The first player I think of wearing number 17 is Doug Williams. IT seems your love affair with J. Campbell is stronger than the love for our team. Maybe, now you should start writing stories on the Raiders, that's where your boy is now. It just doesnt make sense, what you are doing.

Posted by: carl6405 | May 10, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

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