"It happened back in July," added Clayton Moore. "I was doing my squats, and I got through with my whole routine and it was fine. But then I woke up the next morning and my back was hurting. I could not even reach my toes. I thought it was my mattress so I kept squatting until I could barely throw the ball. I figured I would quit squatting and see if that would help. It did. My back got a lot better. But I decided to be safe and go see a doctor, and they said I tore some muscle, but I could keep playing. As it turns out, it was not a torn muscle, it was a stress fracture."
Moore proceeded to get a second opinion in late July.
Despite missing most of the fourth game, and sitting out the second half of two other games because the score was out of hand, Clayton still managed to rush for over 400 yards in 8 quarters of play with a stress fracture in his back.
"I was not going to sit with Dennis Thames being out. We needed a leader out there to show the young guys. Every season you feel more and more comfortable with your game management as a whole. I feel stronger, faster, and I can throw it harder, despite my injury. Every year that goes by, your knowledge of the game and your awareness improves. I am just another year more advanced."
Clayton has attended all three Ole Miss home games this season and sees a lot to look forward to.
"I thought at times Ole Miss has looked fantastic, and at other times, they are not playing up to their potential because they are so use to losing. It keeps you from winning. I mean, they dominated Vandy, and basically just gave the game away. We should have won by 4 or 5 touchdowns. It was hard to watch in the stands because I wanted to go down there and help them out so badly, but my time is coming. The same thing with Wake Forest, they should have won that game too, but they turned it over like 4 times. Ole Miss is just giving the games away. The talent is there. The coaching is there. I think they are going to get a big win soon and take off from there and never look back. I picked them to go 8-4 before the season, and now I am changing it to 7-5."
Moore has been Ole Miss' most adamant player recruiter and feels like he made the right decision when he gave his verbal to the Rebels.
"They are bringing in good players. It does not matter what their record is, when I get in there with the other recruits, we are going to turn it around. If you keep getting good players, with that staff they have, we are going to win and win big. I am sold on what they are preaching."
Most players like to take their official visits after the season is over so they can experience a whole weekend of activities and one on one time with the players and coaches. But Clayton is working on setting up an official visit to Ole Miss for the South Carolina game so he can help recruit a couple more players.
"I am talking about taking my official for homecoming because I want to bring Pat Patterson and Dennis Thames as my guest, and that way, they do not have to waste their offiicial visit. They can come back for their officials after the season is over, and I will come up there with them and take an unofficial visit and pay my own way. I just want to do what ever I can do to help."