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Zach Clayton
DT #69
Height:
6-2
Weight:
299
College:
Auburn
Experience:
2

Biography

PRO: Zach Clayton is a physical presence is the middle of the defensive line.  The 6-foot-2-inch, 298-pounder is strong at the point of attack against the run, yet possesses the agility and athleticism to provide pressure on the passer.  A hard worker in the weight room and leader by example on the field, Clayton provides depth in the Titans’ defensive tackle rotation.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    Clayton appeared in three games as a rookie in 2011 and spent the entire 2012 campaign on the practice squad.
•    As a senior at Auburn in 2010, Clayton started all 14 games and posted career-highs with 28 tackles and eight tackles for loss.  In the BCS National Championship Game victory, he dropped Darron Thomas for a two-yard sack on a third-and-five play in the third quarter.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Clayton comes from an athletic family.  His parents met while on the track team at the University of Illinois.  His mother, Rebecca, was a three-time All-American in the long jump and his father, Jerry, threw the shot put for the school.  Jerry has served as the assistant head track coach at Auburn for the last 13 years.
•    Clayton threw the discus for two seasons (2007-2008) while at Auburn.  During the 2008 outdoor track season, he qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing 19th.  He finished second in the discus at the Mideast Regional Championships with a personal-best throw of 58.49m (191-11), a mark that ranks fifth in school history.  As a freshman, Clayton 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.  He won the discus throw at the Tiger Track Classic in 2007.
•    To pass the time during the draft, Clayton and his family worked on a 1,000-piece puzzle of hot air balloons, which they finished 30 minutes before the Titans selected him the seventh round.    

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Opelika, Ala., native was selected by the Titans with their first of two picks in the seventh round (212nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.  
•     Waived on Aug. 31, 2012 and re-signed to the Titans’ practice squad on Sept. 1, 2012.
•     Re-signed by the Titans as a free agent on Dec. 31, 2012.

COLLEGE:
•    During his four-year career at Auburn, appeared in 41 games with 15 starts.  Tallied 65 tackles, including 17 stops for loss, 5.5 sacks and a pass defensed.  Was named to the SEC Community Service team as a senior.
•    As a senior (2010), started all 14 games and totaled career highs with 28 tackles and eight tackles for loss.  Also posted a sack and a pass defensed.
•    As a junior (2009), appeared in six games, totaling seven tackles with a stop for loss.  Missed seven games due to injury and did not play in season opener against Louisiana Tech.
•    As a sophomore (2008), played in 11 games with one start and totaled 22 tackles, including 16 solo stops.  Finished with the fourth-most tackles for loss on team with 7.5 and the second-most tackles for loss yardage at minus 35.  Also finished second on team with 4.5 sacks and the most sack yardage at minus 35.
•    As a freshman (2007), played in 10 of 13 games and posted eight tackles and a half tackle for loss.
•    As a freshman (2006), did not see action in his first year with the program.
•    Graduated with a finance degree in agriculture business and economics at Auburn.

PERSONAL:  
•    Married to Tara, the couple splits time between Nashville and Opelika, Ala., with daughter, Rylie Grace.
•    Selected to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State team and 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 was 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.
•    Son of Auburn assistant track and field coach Jerry Clayton who has coached at the school for 13 years.  Jerry threw shot put in college for Illinois.
•    Was nicknamed “Big Cat” by defensive line coach Tracy Rocker while he was at Auburn.
•    His hobbies include bass fishing on his parents’ lake house in Opelika.
•    Follow Clayton on Twitter at @ZAClayton.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Gladiator”; (TV show) “The Office”; (actor) Gerard Butler; (actress) Kate Hudson; (music artist) Garth Brooks; (author) Dave Ramsey; (school subject) math; (vehicle) pickup truck; (food) Mexican; (sports hero) Warren Sapp; and (sports team) Atlanta Braves.
•    Born Zachary Alan Clayton on Jan. 1, 1988 in Champaign, Ill.
PRO: Zach Clayton is a physical presence is the middle of the defensive line.  The 6-foot-2-inch, 298-pounder is strong at the point of attack against the run, yet possesses the agility and athleticism to provide pressure on the passer.  A hard worker in the weight room and leader by example on the field, Clayton provides depth in the Titans’ defensive tackle rotation.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    Clayton appeared in three games as a rookie in 2011 and spent the entire 2012 campaign on the practice squad.
•    As a senior at Auburn in 2010, Clayton started all 14 games and posted career-highs with 28 tackles and eight tackles for loss.  In the BCS National Championship Game victory, he dropped Darron Thomas for a two-yard sack on a third-and-five play in the third quarter.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Clayton comes from an athletic family.  His parents met while on the track team at the University of Illinois.  His mother, Rebecca, was a three-time All-American in the long jump and his father, Jerry, threw the shot put for the school.  Jerry has served as the assistant head track coach at Auburn for the last 13 years.
•    Clayton threw the discus for two seasons (2007-2008) while at Auburn.  During the 2008 outdoor track season, he qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing 19th.  He finished second in the discus at the Mideast Regional Championships with a personal-best throw of 58.49m (191-11), a mark that ranks fifth in school history.  As a freshman, Clayton 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.  He won the discus throw at the Tiger Track Classic in 2007.
•    To pass the time during the draft, Clayton and his family worked on a 1,000-piece puzzle of hot air balloons, which they finished 30 minutes before the Titans selected him the seventh round.    

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Opelika, Ala., native was selected by the Titans with their first of two picks in the seventh round (212nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.  
•     Waived on Aug. 31, 2012 and re-signed to the Titans’ practice squad on Sept. 1, 2012.
•     Re-signed by the Titans as a free agent on Dec. 31, 2012.

COLLEGE:
•    During his four-year career at Auburn, appeared in 41 games with 15 starts.  Tallied 65 tackles, including 17 stops for loss, 5.5 sacks and a pass defensed.  Was named to the SEC Community Service team as a senior.
•    As a senior (2010), started all 14 games and totaled career highs with 28 tackles and eight tackles for loss.  Also posted a sack and a pass defensed.
•    As a junior (2009), appeared in six games, totaling seven tackles with a stop for loss.  Missed seven games due to injury and did not play in season opener against Louisiana Tech.
•    As a sophomore (2008), played in 11 games with one start and totaled 22 tackles, including 16 solo stops.  Finished with the fourth-most tackles for loss on team with 7.5 and the second-most tackles for loss yardage at minus 35.  Also finished second on team with 4.5 sacks and the most sack yardage at minus 35.
•    As a freshman (2007), played in 10 of 13 games and posted eight tackles and a half tackle for loss.
•    As a freshman (2006), did not see action in his first year with the program.
•    Graduated with a finance degree in agriculture business and economics at Auburn.

PERSONAL:  
•    Married to Tara, the couple splits time between Nashville and Opelika, Ala., with daughter, Rylie Grace.
•    Selected to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State team and 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 was 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.
•    Son of Auburn assistant track and field coach Jerry Clayton who has coached at the school for 13 years.  Jerry threw shot put in college for Illinois.
•    Was nicknamed “Big Cat” by defensive line coach Tracy Rocker while he was at Auburn.
•    His hobbies include bass fishing on his parents’ lake house in Opelika.
•    Follow Clayton on Twitter at @ZAClayton.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Gladiator”; (TV show) “The Office”; (actor) Gerard Butler; (actress) Kate Hudson; (music artist) Garth Brooks; (author) Dave Ramsey; (school subject) math; (vehicle) pickup truck; (food) Mexican; (sports hero) Warren Sapp; and (sports team) Atlanta Braves.
•    Born Zachary Alan Clayton on Jan. 1, 1988 in Champaign, Ill.
 
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YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2011 TEN 3 3 2 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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