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Former Kentucky QB Danny Clark opts out of season at Vanderbilt

The entire Vanderbilt Football team probably should have just opted out before the season even began.

Former Kentucky quarterback Danny Clark, who transferred to junior college after two seasons in Lexington and then committed to Vanderbilt, has decided to opt-out for the remainder of the Commodores season, according to head coach Derek Mason. The reasoning for Clark’s decision has not been disclosed.

Clark had yet to take a snap through Vandy’s first three games and was left off the depth chart this past Saturday in the team’s 54-21 loss to Ole Miss, dropping the ‘Dores to 0-4 on the year. The team hadn’t played since Oct. 10 following a series of positive COVID-19 tests that forced scheduling rearrangements. Heading into the season, Clark was expected to compete for the starting quarterback position against another JUCO transfer and two true freshmen. The former Wildcat ultimately lost that battle to freshman Ken Seals, who has thrown for 730 yards, five touchdowns, and five interceptions through four games this season.

Signing with Kentucky back in Jan. of 2017, Clark was a highly-rated pro-style high school prospect. That being said, he spent most of his time with the ‘Cats as QB No. 3 behind Terry Wilson, Gunner Hoak, and Sawyer Smith, making just two on-field appearances before transferring to Copiah-Lincoln Community College located in Wesson, Mississippi.

Had Clark decided to remain with the team, he would have made his return to Lexington when Vandy comes to town on Nov. 14. However, he hadn’t seen the field up until this point, so odds are Clark wouldn’t even play in that outing. Either way, he still has two years of college eligibility remaining regardless of whether or not he plays this season, so opting out probably made sense from his perspective.

Either way, we wish him luck going forward.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

10 Comments for Former Kentucky QB Danny Clark opts out of season at Vanderbilt

  1. blueballs80
    3:14 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    Well he couldn’t best the freshmen qb so maybe it’s time he goes to div 2 football.

  2. sprtphan
    3:19 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    He opted out when he chose Vandy.

  3. Bo T'Load
    3:27 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    While I understand the difficult student-athlete balance, my hope is he remains enrolled at Vandy and completes the requirements for his degree.This is what it is all about – presumably – if one is not destined for an NFL career.

  4. MississippiBlue
    3:32 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    There’s no way he’s earned enough college credit to graduate from Vanderbilt in less than one year. If he was really thinking he’d stayed at Vandy, and graduated after next year. He’d still have eligibility left and a Vandy degree to fall back on.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:56 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

      Pretty sure he is just opting out for this season and not leaving Vandy.

  5. UKgrad80
    3:38 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    Reasons: 1) Plays for 0-4 Vandy 2) Team rampant with Covid 3) Did not show up in depth chart 4) Like most did not want to watch a UK/ Vandy football game.

  6. TBW3011
    4:29 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    He never had a chance after 2 years of QB coaching here.

  7. Cousins Fake Tooth 2
    6:30 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    Sounds like a basketcase.

  8. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    7:26 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    Danny Clark has quit everywhere he’s been.