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UA running back Ronnie Clark sustains Achilles injury

Cedric Mason- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Another tough medical setback occurs to a talented player.

Alabama’s depth a running back took a hit Thursday, when redshirt sophomore Ronnie Clark tore his Achilles tendon.

The 6-foot-2, 217-pound back will miss Saturday’s A-Day game, according to Matt Zenitz of AL.com.

Clark was a star athlete from Calera (Ala.) High School.

A former-four recruit, he played on both sides of the ball at quarterback and safety during his senior year in 2013.

His numbers were remarkable, totaling 2,500 yards and 35 touchdown on offense and 76 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two interceptions and four forced fumbles on defense.

Clark spent time at both running back and safety during his freshman season in practice, until an Achilles injury sidelined him. He returned in 2015 with all intentions of earning field time. Clark saw action in three games, posting 20 yards rushing on five carries.

He entered spring practice third in position drills behind Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough. Coach Nick Saban shared the production of three tailbacks after the second scrimmage, with Clark being one of them. He recorded 31 rushing yards on seven attempts, a respectable average of 4.4 yards per carry.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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