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Zach Clayton
Zach Clayton

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Opelika, Ala.

High School:
Opelika

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 296

Position:
DL

Major:
Graduate

2010 -- SEC Community Service Team... Started all 14 games and totaled 28 tackles with 8.0 TFL's, both career highs ... Started season opener vs. Arkansas State and recorded one tackle and one QB hurry ... In SEC opener at Mississippi State, notched a TFL for minus 5 yards and broke-up one pass ... Against Clemson, totaled four tackles which was most since Nov. 1, 2008 vs. Ole Miss (five tackles) ... Also had 1.5 TFL's (minus 7 yards) and one QB hurry vs. Clemson ... Against South Carolina, recorded one TFL (minus 1 yard), one QB hurry and two solo tackles ... In limited snaps vs. ULM, started and totaled one tackle, a TFL for minus 1 yard ... Against Kentucky, had a TFL for minus 3 yards to go with three total tackles ... Had a pair of tackles vs. Arkansas ... Against LSU, had half a TFL for minus 2 yards with a QB hurry and a pair of tackles ... Against Ole Miss, had a TFL for minus 4 yards to go with three total tackles, with two solo stops ... Registered one solo tackle in limited snaps vs. UTC ... Against Georgia, had a pair of tackles with two QB hurries ... Totaled two tackles vs. Alabama and was part of AU defense that held Crimson Tide to 67 yards total offense in second half ... In SEC Championship Game vs. South Carolina, totaled one solo tackle with a pair of QB hurries and was part of AU defense that held Gamecocks to 153 yards total offense in second half ... Against Oregon in BCS National Championship Game, totaled three solo tackles with a sack for minus 2 yards ... Sack was first of season and first since 2008.

2009 -- Appeared in six games, totaling seven tackles with 1.0 TFL ... Missed seven games due to injury ... Did not play in season opener vs. Louisiana Tech ... Recorded three tackles in first game of season vs. Mississippi State ... Had one solo tackle vs. West Virginia ... Against Ball State, had one TFL (minus 5 yards) to go with two total tackles ... Missed three games due to injury ... Returned vs. LSU, but saw limited action before leaving game in first half with injury ... Missed Ole Miss and Furman games with injury ... Saw limited time vs. Georgia but did not record a tackle ... Had one tackle and one QB hurry vs. Alabama.

2008 -- Finished 15th in SEC in sacks per game (0.41) ... Played in 11 games with one start ... Totaled 22 tackles with 16 solo stops ... Finished with fourth-most TFL's on team with 7.5 and the second-most TFL yardage at minus 35 ... Also finished second on team with 4.5 sacks and the most sack yardage at minus 35 ... Registered a pair of solo TFL's (-4 yards) in season opener vs. Louisiana-Monroe ... Had one tackle, a 6-yard sack against Southern Miss ... Sack vs. USM was the first of career ... Picked up two solo tackles against Mississippi State ... Had one solo tackle vs. LSU ... Did not play vs. Tennessee ... Recorded 2.0 TFL's, including a sack, for minus 11 yards and finished with four total tackles (all solo) against Vanderbilt ... Had one assisted tackle vs. Arkansas ... Sacked QB Pat White for minus 15 yards and had two total tackles vs. West Virginia ... Registered a career-high five tackles, two solo, with half a sack for minus 1 yard vs. Ole Miss ... Started first career game vs. UT Martin, with one tackle and one QB hurry ... Played, but did not have a tackle vs. Georgia ... Against Alabama, had three tackles, two solo, with a sack (minus 3 yards).

2008 OUTDOOR TRACK -- Qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the discuss, finishing 19th ... Finished second in the discuss at the Mideast Regional Championships with a personal-best throw of 58.49m (191-11) ... His mark ranks fifth in school history ... Finished sixth at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a mark of 55.97m (183-7), earning him a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team ... Won the discuss throw at the Tiger Track Classic.

2007 -- Played in 10 of 13 games ... Saw first collegiate game action against Mississippi State ... Registered first career tackles vs. New Mexico State, compiling three total, all assisted ... Also had a TFL (.5) for minus two yards vs. NMSU ... Had two tackles vs. Vanderbilt ... Recorded three tackles, all solo, against Tennessee Tech.

2006 -- Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL -- High School Coach: Spencer McCracken ... Selected to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State team ... Finished his senior season with 46 tackles, six sacks and five pass breakups ... Named the Opelika-Auburn News' 2005 Defensive Player of the Year ... Helped lead Opelika to the Class 6A state semifinals his senior year ... Also a track and field standout ... Won the 2005 Alabama Class 6A state discuss and shot put championships ... Holds the Class 6A AHSAA state meet discuss record.

PERSONAL -- Born Jan. 1, 1988 ... Son of Auburn assistant track and field coach Jerry Clayton and Becky Clayton ... Major: Agriculture Business & Economics.

CLAYTON'S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
YEARG/GS TT UT AT TFL-YDS QBS-YDS FF/FR PD I-YDS
2007 10/0 8 4 4 0.5-2 0.0-0 0/0 0 0-0
2008 11/1 22 16 6 7.5-40 4.5-35 0/0 0 0-0
2009 6/0 7 3 4 1.0-5 0.0-0 0/0 0 0-0
2010 14/14 28 18 10 8.0-25 1.0-2 0/0 1 0-0
Totals 41/15 65 41 24 17.0-72 5.5-37 0/0 1 0-0