As trying career winds down, will BYU's Lark get first career start?
Lark continued, “The last two years, I thought about transferring. I was frustrated with the situation. It's frustrating seeing all the quarterbacks that were my age when I was recruited were off either starting or going to the NFL. It's frustrating because I knew I was capable of being a starting quarterback somewhere. I came home off my mission and I was in a hard situation. I wasn't ready to play right away. We had Riley (Nelson) and Jake (Heaps). Riley had been home for a year and Jake was just out of high school. They had been playing football and I hadn't. I was in the backseat. Once the coaches' minds were made on these two guys, there was no chance for me to earn a spot up. I strongly considered it, but it never felt like the right thing to do."
What motivated him to stay at BYU?
"The honest truth is, it wasn't the coaches, it was my best friends — my teammates that I've played here for years with. I love those guys. A lot of them are like brothers to me. I considered them like family. They're the closest people to me in my life besides my wife. I wanted to stick with them."
Lark also credits his wife, Rachel, for her unflagging support. "She's supported me in whatever I wanted to do," he said.
Though they play the same position and compete with each other, Lark and Nelson have forged a close friendship over the years.
"Riley and I were good friends from the start and it's developed into a really close relationship," Lark said. "I consider him one of my best friends. We can talk about anything. He comes over and has dinner with my wife and I sometimes. We hang out a lot. It's a great friendship that will last a long time."
But being buried on the depth chart has been trying.
"It's kind of a bittersweet situation being the backup. I'm excited and anxious, knowing that any day I could play," Lark said. "Obviously not anxious for one of my best friends, Riley, to get hurt, but anxious to step up if I have to. I don't dream of sitting around on the bench. Whatever I can to help the team, I'm ready to do it."
Lark has waited patiently for his chance.
"It's been a long time. It seems like I've been here at BYU my whole life," he said. "I’m ready to go out with a bang."
On Saturday, Lark just may get his opportunity, in his last collegiate regular-season game, to finally start. It would be a fitting reward for seven years of patience and loyalty.
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