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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

DT Zach Clayton making foes take notice of him

My story today is on defensive tackle Zach Clayton. Here's how it starts:
AUBURN, Ala. — Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott broke loose on a run to perimeter, dodging Auburn tacklers on his way up the sideline for a huge gain Saturday.

As he sized up a safety, a giant mitt grabbed a hold of his shoulder, followed soon by a massive body on his back, dragging him to the ground.

It was 296-pound tackle Zach Clayton, hustling from the middle of the formation, 30 yards downfield to make the stop.

“It’s phenomenal,” Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. “It’s just great effort. There’s another guy who doesn’t get near the recognition week-in, week-out he deserves. He’s been a real force for us down there inside.”

Unheralded, unsung, underappreciated — pick an adjective and the Tigers have uttered it about Clayton this season.
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War Eagle AC-47 said...

Zach outran what looked like a number of lighter-so-shoulda-been-faster guys. And he was covering a lot of ground. That was one of the most impressive plays of the game.

Anonymous said...

Definitely a strange year for an Auburn D-line, when the DTs get all the publicity and our ends are quiet. Although Sen'Derrick and Pat Sims did pretty well, I suppose, from the DT spot.