2006: Began spring drills with hard work and a three-way tie for the fall starting role...narrowed the race to two prior to preseason camp opening...as classes began the race was too close to call...Rusty Smith drew the season opening start, but Clayton was inserted in the second quarter as planned and he never looked back...held the starting role through the advanced training portion of the schedule...during that stretch he was 29-65-2 for 316 yards and 1 TD...also had 20 carries for 58 yards...as a starter he was 64-128-5 for 774 yards and five TDs prior to suffering a concussion in the Middle Tennessee game that limited his time the remainder of the season...on the year he was 78-154-6 for 926 yards and five TDs...recorded a TD pass against South Carolina, Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Utah (2) and Arkansas State...experienced the power of hushing a crowd following a 47-yard run and a 25-yard touchdown pass on the very next play at South Carolina...was three and six on the season as a starter.
2005: Played his way into the no. 2 quarterback
2004: Worked with scout team and gained valuable reps in 2005 spring drills.
2003: Played for J.L. Smith at Michigan State University...worked out at tight end.
High School: Named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team...first-team Division II all-state selection by the Associated Press...earned first-team All-Northeast Ohio and All-Quad County honors as a senior...Northeast Ohio Division III Offensive Player of the Year, completing 146-of-216 throws (.676) for 1,937 yards, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2002...threw for a school-record 319 yards versus Chaney...rushed for 558 yards and eight TDs as a senior...produced 2,495 total yards and 27 total TDs in 2002...elected team captain prior to his senior season...two-year starter for Coach Paul Hulea at Poland (Ohio) Seminary High School...earned second-team all-state honors as a junior...selected first-team All-Northeast Ohio, All-Quad County and All-Metro Athletic Conference (MAC in 2001)...completed 291-of-428 career passes (.680) for 3,773 yards, 33 TDs and 11 INTs...ran for 706 career yards and 10 scores...accounted for 4,629 total yards and 43 TDs during his prep career...runs 4.7 in the 40...three-sport athlete (football, baseball and basketball).
Personal: Interdisciplinary studies Social Sciences major...son of Tim and Viive Clayton...born Aug. 25, 1984...nephew of John Sontich who played freshman and JV football at Dartmouth (defensive back, 1979-81).
|Clayton 2006 Game-by-Game|
|09/09||at Kansas State||14-8-0||95||0||47|
|09/16||at Oklahoma State||12-5-1||43||0||17|
|09/23||at South Carolina||17-5-0||66||1||25|
|09/30||at Louisiana Monroe||18-12-0||164||1||46|
|11/04||at Middle Tenn.||9-3-11||44||0||24|
|11/18||at North Texas||3-2-0||6||0||7|
|Clayton 2005 Game-by-Game|