Career Summary: Lettered four seasons for the Tigers and did not have a single muffed snap in his 49 games as a starter...Had a stellar career for the Tigers as he logged flawless snaps on 160 PATs, 100 field goals and 189 punts...Was a key component in former Tiger standout kicker Stephen Gostkowski holding the all-time record in scoring and field goals and receiving national recognition as a candidate for the Lou Groza Award...Has also helped garner national recognition and honors for punter Michael Gibson.
Honors: Named first-team All-C-USA by the media in 2006 (first time a deep snapper position was considered)...Selected as the Co-Special Teams Player of the Year at the team banquet...Picked to C-USA's 2006 Football All-Academic Team...Was a finalist for the 2006 ARA Sportsmanship Award...Was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District IV honoree (first-team in 2004 & 2006; second-team in 2005)...Awarded the Role Player Award at the 2005 team banquet...Received the Rex Dockery Memorial Scholarship in 2002.
Notable: Earned two degrees from the U of M, one in history and one in psychology, prior to the start of the 2006 football season...Was working towards a master's degree in criminal justice during his senior season.
2006: Started all 12 games as a senior...Handled 42 snaps for the punt team without any miscues...Was also flawless on 22 field goal and 32 PAT snaps...Instrumental in Tiger freshman kicker Matt Reagan earning C-USA All-Freshman honors and ranking 35th nationally in field goals...Also helped punter Michael Gibson earn league honors and rank third in C-USA in punting.
2005: Started every game for Memphis in 2005 as the deep snapper for the special teams unit...For the third-consecutive season was perfect with every snap...Handled 59 snaps for the Tiger punt team with no miscues...Was involved in 60 snaps for the PAT/field goal unit without a bad snap...Helped kicker Stephen Gostkowski to a first place national ranking in active career field goals made and active career PATs made and the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year Award...Was key to the Memphis punting unit ranking third nationally...Received the Tigers' Role Player Award at the Highland Hundred football banquet...Named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV second team in 2005.
2004: Starter for his second-consecutive season, returning to his role as the Tigers' deep snapper...Was responsible for 73 successful snaps as a member of the PAT/FG unit...Assisted All-American kicker Stephen Gostkowski in being a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award...Had 21 snaps with the Tiger punt team, bringing his total successful snaps to 94 for the 2004 season...Was a member of the Tiger Academic 30 with a cumulative GPA of 3.76...Named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV first team.
2003: Earned the starting position as the Tigers' deep snapper in 2003...Was named the Memphis Special Teams Player of the Year...Appeared in every game for Memphis in 2003...Did not have one bad snap during the entire season...Was credited with 29 snaps on field goal attempts...Registered 44 perfect snaps on PAT attempts...Was involved in 67 punt snaps for the season...Had 140 special teams snaps in 2003 without a miss.
2002: Received the Rex Dockery Memorial Scholarship in 2002...Worked as one of the Tigers' deep snappers throughout the 2002 season but was never pressed into service...Was redshirted in 2002.
Prep: Was a four-year football letterman at Oak Grove High for Coach Nevil Barr...Lettered as a deep snapper and defensive end...Credited with 60 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles during the 2001 season...Was an all-district selection in football in 2001...Was a 2001 first team defensive all-academic selection...Named to the MHSAA All-Academic football and baseball team in 2000...Career statistics read 222 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, one pass interception and one fumble recovery...Carried a 3.66 grade-point average...Received the T.W. Todd Award, the Football Award, the National Government & History Award and the National Honor & Service Award...Attended the Ray Guy Kicking Academy during the summer to work on special teams skills.
Personal: Russell Allen Clayton is the son of Tom and Sandie Brock...Brother, Joey Boyd, is a 1995 Memphis graduate...Born September 2, 1983, in Tupelo, Miss....Graduated in December, 2005 with a degree in psychology.
CLAYTON'S STATISTICS Special Teams Games/Starts PAT/FG/Punt Snaps 2003 13/13 44/29/67 2004 12/12 49/24/21 2005 12/12 35/25/59 2006 12/12 32/22/42 Total 49/49 160/100/189