Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ex-Clark star happy to be back on field

Pat Turner- Special to the Express-News

Jerrell Wilkerson is ready to get back to the business he knows best.

After being absent from the sport since 2005, the former Clark and University of Texas running back makes his official return to football today when he joins 32 other scholarship players and 71 walk-ons for Incarnate Word's first workout at Benson Stadium.

Wilkerson welcomes the opportunity. The Cardinals do not play their first game until 2009 and going against NCAA Division II opponents won't be the same as facing Texas A&M and Oklahoma. But that doesn't matter to the city career rushing leader. It is still football.

“This has been a great opportunity from the start,” said Wilkerson, 21, who rushed for 7,249 yards and 110 touchdowns at Clark from 2001-04. “I'm glad everything fell into place, because I never got to see where my college career was going. It is a new foundation for the school. It is a new foundation for me and my family. It's a new foundation for the guys coming in trying to jump-start their careers. It's a new beginning for all of us and I want to help get it going.”

The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Wilkerson will get the chance. Because he never played a game at UT, he has four years of eligibility with the Cardinals.

Go to the San Antonio Express for the rest of the story.

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