Omar Clayton

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Omar Clayton
Rebels on offense at AFA at UNLV 2008-10-18.JPG
Clayton in the pocket against Air Force in 2008
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-07-30) July 30, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Decatur, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Normal (IL) Community
College: UNLV
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pre-season All-MWC (2009)

Omar A. Clayton is an American football quarterback. He played college football for the UNLV Rebels at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Early life[edit]

Clayton was born on July 30, 1989 in Decatur, Illinois to parents Dameon Clayton and Kelly Bradford. He attended Normal Community High School, where he played football during his freshman year. His family then moved to Texas, where he attended Plano East Senior High School, which employed a spread offense. He returned to Illinois and Normal Community for his senior season, where he led the team from the I-formation. That year, he recorded 82 completions on 144 pass attempts for 1,080 yards and 13 touchdowns, and had 128 carries for 630 yards and 10 touchdowns. Clayton led his team to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) 6A state championship and a perfect 14–0 record. The Pantagraph named him the Player of the Year. Clayton was also named the Big 12 Conference most valuable offensive player and an all-state selection.[1]

College career[edit]

Clayton enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he is studying political science. In 2007, he walked onto the football team, and during the preseason, secured a position as the third-string quarterback. By Week 8, he was promoted to the starting position,[2] and Clayton started three games before he fractured his hand. During the season, he recorded 58 completions on 95 attempts for 618 yards and four touchdowns, and 179 rushing yards and two touchdowns. His 61.1% completion rate set the school record for a freshman.[1]

In 2008, Clayton completed 152 of 258 pass attempts for 1,894 yards, 18 touchdowns, and four interceptions,[3] before he suffered an injury that forced him to miss the final three games.[1] Prior to the 2009 season, Clayton is ranked 13th in terms of passing yards for a UNLV quarterback after having played in just 16 games.[1] Athlon Sports named him a preseason All-Mountain West Conference (MWC) second team.[4] The New York Times predicted UNLV to reach bowl eligibility in 2009 largely because of Clayton, who when healthy, "can score enough points to keep the team in most games".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Player Bio: Omar Clayton, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, retrieved August 4, 2009.
  2. ^ Mark Anderson, WALK-ON GETS FOOT IN DOOR; Dixon injury might thrust overlooked QB into spotlight, Las Vegas Review-Journal, October 18, 2007.
  3. ^ Omar Clayton Stats, ESPN, retrieved August 4, 2009.
  4. ^ Athlon Sports College Football 2009 Preview, National Edition, Vol. 15/2009, p. 34, Athlon Sports, Summer 2009.
  5. ^ Paul Myerberg, The Quad Countdown: No. 84 U.N.L.V., The New York Times, June 9, 2009.