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Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports
LSU linebacker Damone Clark sent out the following farewell message to Tiger Nation on Wednesday.

Clark did not specify his plans for the Texas Bowl, but it's likely that he will skip the game to begin preparation for the NFL Draft.

The Butkus Award finalist and Baton Rouge native graduated from LSU this past weekend.

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BayouBengal9928 months
This is how ignant our fan base really is (yes I misspelled the word purposely). The dude never stated that he wasn’t playing in the bowl game but here are our fans, berating one of the best Tiger players since Devon White! He may just come for the game but not play or play a few downs if he wants. Another point of ignorance is the fact that so many people actually thought that he was a bad player after having such a great sophomore season, knowing that he was used in a completely different way, in 2 completely different defenses. I knew the entire time that it was never his playing ability but simply timing within the new schemes. Anyway, good luck to you Demone Clark and it was a pleasure watching you grow and play young man!
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mcspufftiger728 months
I was one of his biggest critics at the beginning of the year and one of his biggest fans at the end. Hope it translates into a great pro career. Truly a hard worker and obviously incredible mental strength considering everything that happened this year. I was wrong about him and no qualms stating that. Love it when players prove me wrong.
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LSUMBAgrad28 months
Damone Clark was the heart and soul of the LSU defense this very challenging year and I wish him nothing but success in his future NFL career. A true Tiger!!!!
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bluebuck128 months
No Damone Clark averaging 10 plus tackles per game and what would our record have been. The guy is a winner who sacrificed for LSU, Louisiana and our fans. Losers don’t appreciate anything, let alone his hardwork, sacrifice and preparation for his future professional career.
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Tiger_n_ATL28 months
Another quitter. LSU football seems full of them the past 5 years. We need to recruit kids who want to play for the university.
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Mike da Tigah28 months
Soft Served
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ccomeaux28 months
This kid drips perseverance. Lots of love 18 !
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eddieray28 months
Thank you for your great career. You’ve been a wonderful representative of LSU and had one badass Sr year. Congratulations
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Troutmaster28 months
I thought I read where he said he was not skipping the bowl game?
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LSU82Cajun28 months
I wish LSU would go the route of A&M and forgo bowl game. Their issues are with numbers and Covid. Actually all bowls need to shut it down with NIL, transfers and opt-outs so prevalent. It is no longer the same because universities have become Minor Leagues for the Pros.
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OU81228 months
WTF?!?
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75503Tiger28 months
He took a lot of criticism here but kept his head up and responded to his poor play. He probably needs a break but if a guy truly loves to put on the pads and play ball he shows up for games he can play. It’s a lot of potential money if he makes it and he doesn’t want to get hurt but an injury can happen anytime. Go play football
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CDawson28 months
TEAM no longer exist. Only self matters anymore.
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OU81228 months
Weak minded millennials and Gen Zers
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LSUmudman28 months
BTW….Playing Kansas State can be hazardous to you health….I guess.
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LSUmudman28 months
Texas Bowl….no offense….no defense…..Geaux Tigahs!!!! LOL.
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CrystalPreserves28 months
No hard feelings. I wish him the best. The only caveat I would have about players opting out of bowls is if LSU were in the title game. Which in those cases who opts out of title games anyway. Best wishes to this guy though. He’s gonna succeed at the next level.
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PeleofAnalytics28 months
MagicMike…kinda ironic that these kids you are criticizing for their decision likely have played and will play organized sports longer than you ever did.
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YMCA28 months
I’m 100% fine if he opts out. He won’t be on the team next year and that’ll give some other guys more practice and game time. He also made himself a lot of money this season and I wouldn’t want him to get hurt prior to the draft.
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FlyinTiger9328 months
The honor of wearing 18 means you put the team ahead of yourself.
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PeleofAnalytics28 months
Based on the rules I just made up right here.
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VaeVictus28 months
Dude balled out all year. Imagine deciding to stay on as an intern after you graduate and shunning a nice job offer in your chosen career because of the "team." Nope.
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MagicMikesMindsEye28 months
The downvotes youre getting, im assuming, are from ppl who never played organized sports past maybe pewee leagues.
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Gumbo128 months
Well written. I wish you the best.
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TigerBuff28 months
You guys trip over meaningless a exhibition game. He has given his all to LSU. He completed his career and graduated. Wanting any more from him is pure selfishness. But, some of you are pure selfish, so...
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La Place Mike28 months
Where would he be without the fans? Where would LSU football be without the fans? Where would college football be without the fans? He is the selfish one. LSU fans gave him the oportunity to get to the next level and this is how he repays the fans by looking out for himself.
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spslayto28 months
To be fair all games are really "meaningless" then.
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TKLSUMD28 months
How long before players opt out of playoff games/national championship games? I say it will happen within 3 years.
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SouthernInsanity28 months
In 3yrs, players are more likely to be contractually obligated to play as part of their NIL deal.
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