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NOTEBOOK: Clark continues to struggle two weeks after record-setting performance
Eagles tie season high in penalties
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    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Two weeks ago Travis Clark was so prolific the Southern Conference named him its offensive player of the week. The Georgia Southern quarterback threw for career-high 375 yards against Elon, connecting with his receivers all day as the Eagles picked up their third win of the season.
    The showing was encouraging to GSU fans, who thought things were finally beginning to click in the Eagles’ new offense.
    But the sophomore took a step back last weekend when he completed just 14 of 36 attempts for 95 yards and one touchdown against Appalachian State. GSU hoped Clark would rebound and continue improving Saturday at The Citadel, but he continued to struggle, completing just 13 of 32 attempts for 220 yards, a stat that looked much better after Jayson Foster caught an 85-yard pass late in the game.
    Clark repeatedly overthrew wide-open receivers and couldn’t make the plays when his team needed him the most. The Eagles also struggled, falling to the Bulldogs 24-21.
    “The whole game we just didn’t play our game,” he said.
    Clark, who missed spring practice after transferring from Southern Mississippi this summer, didn’t shy away from taking the blame for the loss.
    “Put it all on me. I’m the leader of the team. I don’t care,” he said.
    A sore shoulder limited Clark’s snaps in practice this week, but he said he was healthy Saturday. Eagle coach Brian VanGorder said he hasn’t given any thought to using a different quarterback.
    Clark’s sub-par performance overshadowed his record-setting day. He now owns the school record for most attempts (224) and completions (120) and has moved into fourth place for total yardage (1,490). Tracy Ham set the previous marks for attempts (220) and completions (109) in 1984.

Raining yellow
    Georgia Southern was penalized 12 times for 95 yards on Saturday, tying the season high. The Eagles picked up 12 penalties against Western Carolina on Sept. 30.
    Georgia Southern, the most penalized team in the Southern Conference, has been flagged 59 times for 537 yards, an average of 67.1 yards per game.

Tough luck
    The Citadel won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. Georgia Southern has not won the toss yet this season.

Gray starts again
    Sophomore fullback Sean Gray started for the third straight week for junior Dusty Reddick. Reddick suffered a concussion on the opening kickoff against Elon on Oct. 14, and hasn’t played since. The Screven County native was dressed and on the sidelines Saturday.

    Alex Pellegrino can be reached at (912) 489-9413.