Clayton ready to contribute in whatever fashion for Gators

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Florida defensive lineman Antonneous Clayton Clayton recorded back-to-back sacks in the second quarter for a total loss of nine yards. [Brad McClenny/Staff photographer/File]

Despite drawing praise from the coaches for his effort during camp, junior defensive end Antonneous Clayton is not listed on the depth chart the school released Monday.

Only two players are listed at his position — starter Jabari Zuniga and redshirt freshman Zachary Carter.

Clayton said he’s OK with his name not appearing.

“I haven’t even looked at the depth chart,” he said. “I don’t know anything about it. It’s next man up. If my name’s called, then it’s called. If I’m not out there I’m going to be cheering my teammates on. That’s just how it goes.

“I just know when my name is called I’ll be making a ton of plays. That’s the only thing I know. Other than that, when I’m on the sideline, I’ll be cheering my teammates on.”

Clayton likely will hear his name called Saturday night because the coaches plan to play as many as 30 players on defense.

“Yeah, we’re going to play as many based on their preparation and them being ready,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “The more guys you can play the better, it creates depth. So we’ll roll guys (in), particularly up front, but also in the linebacking corps and the back end as guys get available to play we’ll play them and try to play a lot of guys.

“Being able to play a lot of guys is important. It’s helps your practice, it helps your preparation. If a guy’s able to play and can contribute we’re going to try to get them in the game.”

16 COMMENTS

  1. It just goes to show you that ratings are just that. Once you cross that line on a new team in college, it is survival of the fittest. Just because you were rated a 5* won’t make you successful. You can’t put stars next to peoples hearts. I like his attitude, but it took a while to get there in my opinion. I hope the best for his future with the Gator D!

    • Prediction is hard, especially about the future (this phrase purportedly was said by neils bohr the quantum physicist before groucho and yogi took it to iconic status). Deonte Thompson was a 5 star that just never seemed to be a success at florida, and then his nfl career was similar. urban basically had called him the next percy harvin, but that proved wrong. however, he started to play pretty well last year in the nfl at age 30 (I’m too lazy to look it up, I know he has been around a while). so lets be patient, this could still be a successful player. we all are rooting for him.

      • I think you’re thinking of Andre Debose as the failed 5* who Meyer referred to as the next Percy Harvin. Thompson wasn’t too bad as a receiver at UF with over 100 receptions and 1000+ yards and 9 TDs. Not spectacular for a 5* but far better than Debose’s numbers of 30 total receptions and 540 yds. Not often you see a 5* player ranked #2 overall at his position having to resort to being a kick returner only throughout his career. We’ve actually had far too many 5* WR failures.

    • Is it just me or do we seem to have a lot of 5* players who turn out to be good players but not great players (Ivey, Jefferson, Clayton) who make an immediate impact. Other teams seem to have better luck with their 5*s turning into studs early on.

  2. This demonstrates how much deeper we’ve gotten. Grudgingly, it’s in large part because the previous staff brought in these guys that our more seasoned current staff are developing. A bit like the situation Urban Meyer inherited from Ron Zook, only Mac’s classes were a bit spotty. But there’s some mighty good talent, especially up front and in most of the secondary. Maybe enough to turn the prognosticators and doubters on their ears.