Another former high school thrower making waves in SEC football
“I grew up on the track…the movements are fairly similar in football and the discus.” These are words Zach Clayton told to Aaron Burns of The Auburn Villager. Clayton, an Auburn defensive lineman, has really come on this year after battling injuries most of last season. Clayton’s high school background in high school throwing is well documented. He is Alabama’s high school state record holder in the discus with a throw of 202’08 and was state champion in the shot put.
Clayton continued to throw at Auburn and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2009. Clearly he found a balance between the two sports and according to him the two sports compliment each other. Clayton ranks third on the team with seven TFLs and has four quaterback pressures. Fellow defensive lineman, Nick Fairley, receives most of the attention but Clayton is one of many outstanding collegiate linemen with successful high school throwing on their athletic resume.