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When:2 p.m. intrasquad scrimmage, open to the public.

Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn.

Admission, Parking: Free.



Fans might see Washington Redskins rookie tackle Devin Clark shoving teammates during drills and mixing it up at the line of scrimmage. What they have not seen are the many thousands of pounds that helped him get to Redskins Park.

Clark took the typical workout program to a totally different level: He entered Olympic-style weightlifting competitions from his sophomore year of high school through his sophomore year of college. It's something he has enjoyed, but it has also helped his explosiveness and strength on the football field.

"You have to stay strong in order to play well," Clark said.

Clark started weightlifting competitively after a high school coach noticed him squatting one day. "You want to try this?" the coach asked. Clark said yes. He soon learned the snatch and the clean-and-jerk lifts. He won gold, silver and bronze medals at national competitions.

But at 6 feet 4, 306 pounds, Clark devoted much of his time to football. He played at Scottsdale Community College before transferring to New Mexico, where he started 25 games during his two-year career with the Lobos. Even still, he retained a love for lifting.

He led New Mexico's offensive linemen in the bench press (405 pounds), power clean (374) and squat (600). In fact, coaches there sometimes asked him to reduce the weights he lifted during training. Countless reps later, he has landed with the Redskins and is hoping his training regimen will help power him onto the roster.

"I'm just happy for the opportunity [with] this franchise," he said. "I hope I can make it."

And if not?

"I'll probably go back to weightlifting when I'm done," he said.


One is entering his 31st NFL season. The other is entering his first as a head coach. They both now share the practice field at Redskins Park. Offensive line coach Joe Bugel has brought an old-school approach to complement a team coached with a new-school flare.

"There isn't anyone on our staff who has more respect -- especially from our offensive line, but really the whole team -- than Joe Bugel," Coach Jim Zorn said. "He really kind of just walks around, and you just want to be around him because he likes to get it on."

Bugel is the only member of the Redskins staff who previously had NFL head coaching experience.

Throughout the years Bugel has developed "an aptitude of teaching excellent technique," Zorn said. He's also retained his trademark intensity, never nervous or rattled, but always focused. He brings an important element of experience and steadiness as the Redskins enter their first season under Zorn.

"This is his 44th coaching year," Zorn said, "and I hope I can say the same in years to come."


"I like to be a little more hip than that."

Zorn, on Bugel's

high-hiked shorts


WR Malcolm Kelly suffered a right hamstring injury and had a sore right knee after the morning practice. . . . DT Cornelius Griffin was kept out of drills because of left knee soreness. . . . WR Anthony Mix strained his right hamstring in the morning practice. . . . T Kerry Brown hurt his left shoulder in the morning practice. . . . DT J.T. Mapu sprained his left MCL in the morning practice.


Hall of Fame

Game Redskins vs.

Indianapolis Colts

8 p.m., Aug. 3,

Canton, Ohio

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