"It's going to inspire us," Clark said on the doubters. "What I want, I want everyone to look down on us. I want all the media, I want all critics to look down us. I don't want to be in the top-25. I want us to be one of those teams that's a surprise. Because that's what we are going to do – we're going to shock the world."
If the Wolverines are going to shock the world, they must improve in all phases of the game. They are coming off a 7-6 season, where they struggled on offense, defense and lost five of their final six games. According to Clark, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison believes the defense can be elite, but it starts with putting in the work this off-season.
"He said ‘We can be a great team,' " Clark said on Mattison's message to the defense. " ‘You guys can be an even better defense if you guys want to be.' That means simply to us, just come with everything we got to have during summer conditioning, summer workouts and the summer camp and we'll have a great season."
And Clark has already started seeing the results of Mattison's message in Michigan's annual spring game last Saturday.
"I see a lot of guys flying around. I see a lot guys running to the ball. A lot of guys making plays and giving it their all," Clark said. "And really seeing the guys taking off on plays. You really didn't see any big plays. You seen our corners did their job and I believe on D-line we did our job."
Michigan opens its season at home versus Appalachian State on Aug. 30.
When asked how he is becoming a better leader this season?
Clark Replied: "(I'm) staying out the way. I believe for my first year and half I was kind of in the way, in trouble, (I) really didn't know my place on this team. I finally realized that probably going into my sophomore, junior year, finally my senior year where my place is on this team what my coaches look for out of me. And what the players are looking out of me as well."