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Houston Nutt disciple reflects on times as Razorback QB and Ole Miss QB


Like Nutt, Clark Irwin was a title-winning quarterback at Little Rock Central High School who went on to play at the UA.

Unlike Nutt, though, he did not stay in coaching for long:

"At age 24, Clark Irwin finally has a normal life.

The Little Rock native works fairly normal hours, has plenty of time for his wife and parents and occasionally catches NFL games on TV. In the last eight months, he’s even found time to shoot hoops at Cammack Village’s park, not too far from the Foxcroft neighborhood where he grew up.

So far, so good with this normal adult life stuff.

The way Irwin sees it, he jumped into it just in time.

Until February, Irwin had essentially coached under Houston Nutt for half a decade. Irwin spent three years seeing spot action as a backup University of Arkansas quarterback and special teams player, but his real value was as an understudy to the coaches. He signaled plays to the offense and helped run passing drills with fellow quarterbacks Casey Dick and Mitch Mustain, both of whom were roommates at different times.

"I was getting my minor in graduate assistantship if you want to look at it that way," Irwin says.

He officially took that position in early 2009 after following Nutt to Oxford, Miss., where Nutt had started coaching Ole Miss the season before. There, Clark spent late summers and falls immersed in game planning, film study and practice seven days a week. "It’s almost like you can ever do enough," he says. Game days — with the crowds, the adrenaline and the constant in-game chess match between coaches — were the most fun part of it all."

He goes on to talk about his time as roommate of Casey Dick and Mitch Mustain as well as his take on his former mentor being on the hot seat these days:

 

http://sync.arkansasonline.com/news/2011/oct/18/return-normalcy/

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