Scouting Report: Enjoyed a breakout spring practice as a fifth-year senior... coaches expect him to be the starting nose guard... doesn't need to be a big playmaker, just needs to maintain a physical presence in the defensive line... a very reliable and consistent player that took it to another level during spring camp... has a remarkable work ethic and character... described by the coaches as a great "team guy."
2005: Played in all 11 games as a reserve defensive tackle and on special teams... recorded three tackles, including two solo stops... tallied tackles against East Carolina, Boston College and Duke.
2004: Played in 10 games, primarily on special teams and also a reserve defensive tackle... made three tackles on the season with an assisted tackle for loss... had two tackles in the North Carolina A&T game, including a half tackle for loss... made one stop at Miami.
2003: Saw brief action in five games during his debut season... contributed on the defensive line and special teams... recorded one tackle at Florida State... played a season-high nine snaps versus Clemson.
2002: Redshirted the season as a true freshman.
Background: A multi-sport standout at Charles Owen HS, earning letters in football, wrestling and track and field... saw action on both sides of the ball, playing defensive and offensive tackle... tallied 82 tackles and 16 tackles for loss as a senior defensive end... recorded 238 total tackles, 41 tackles for loss, seven sacks and five fumble recoveries during prep career... also saw action on offense, helping the Owen ground game accumulate 2,304 yards... selected the 2001 Lineman of the Year by the Asheville Citizen-Times... played in the 2001 Shrine Bowl... named to the All-Western North Carolina and Western Highlands All-Conference teams three times... coached by Kenny Ford... compiled a 51-3 wrestling record as a junior... was the 2001 West Regional heavyweight champion and finished fifth in the state... also competed in the shot put and discus events, setting the school record in discus... a 2001 Wendy's High School Heisman nominee... a North Carolina scholar athlete.
Personal: Majoring in business... named to the WFU Dean's List in the spring... born November 23, 1983 in Asheville, N.C.... son of Fred and Carolyn Clayton... has two siblings, Crystal and Cameron.
Career Defensive Statistics G-GS Tck TFL Sks Int PBU FR FF 2003 5-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2004 10-0 3 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 2005 11-0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 26-0 7 0.5 0 0 0 0 0