University of Iowa Hawkeyes
St. Louis, Missouri
Webster Groves High School
Clayborn joined Nebraska's Prince Amukamara as the top-rated senior prospects entering the 2010 season according to National Football Scouting. The leader of an imposing Hawkeyes front wall, Clayborn has the talent to line up at his current position – defensive end in a 4-3 alignment – as well as the demanding "five technique" position in a 3-4 alignment at the next level.
Clayborn plays with relentless effort. His non-stop motor saw him earn a "Hawkeyes Hustle" award for defense in 2009. While he may not be the most dynamic edge rusher, Clayborn has some of the strongest hands in the game and a jolting initial punch. His aggressive nature makes it difficult for offensive tackles to keep him out of the backfield. Last season, the first-team All-Big Ten Conference performer tied for ninth nationally with an average of 0.88 sacks per game, as he totaled 11.5 sacks for minus 87 yards. He also tallied a team-high nine quarterback hurries and an impressive 20.0 tackles-for-loss, the eighth-best total in the country.
With a big, thick build and great strength, Clayborn is tough to move off the ball and possesses the power to hold up against the opposition's ground attack. In 177 plays vs. the ground game in which he's produced tackles, Clayborn has limited opposing ball carriers to just 175 yards, as runners averaged a miniscule 0.99 yards per carry. He is an ideal fit at left defensive end for National Football League teams employing a 4-3 defense.
In 2006, a season in which Clayborn spent the year redshirting, the Hawkeyes defense ranked 57th nationally vs. the run (133.6 ypg) and 68th in total defense (343.77 ypg). The following season, the defensive end saw significant time as a reserve and the defense made improvements. The Hawkeyes rose to 24th vs. the run (122.0 ypg) and 36th in total defense (351.17 ypg).
Clayborn took over a starting role as a sophomore in 2008 and the unit became one of the nation's elite. Iowa ranked ninth vs. the ground game, giving up just 94.0 yards rushing per contest, and 12th in total defense (291.31 ypg). In 2009, the defense fell back to a respectable 34th vs. the run (123.62 ypg), but achieved a top-10 ranking in total defense (10th; 276.54 ypg). At the same time, the pass defense rose all the way from 47th in 2008 (197.31 ypg) to fourth in 2009 (152.92 ypg) while Clayborn, not coincidentally, had his most productive year as a pass rusher. In Clayborn's final season, the Iowa run defense achieved its highest ranking since his arrival, placing sixth nationally (101.54 ypg).
Clayborn was regarded as one of the nation's top defensive line prospects during his prep career at Webster Groves High School in St. Louis. He was a two-time all-state and all-conference selection and was ranked the second-best player in the state by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service rated him a four-star prospect and listed him as the eighth-best strongside defensive end in the country. Scout.com also rated him a four-star prospect while listing him as the 18th-best defensive end recruit nationally.
As a senior, Clayborn racked up 103 tackles with three sacks, a forced fumble and an interception from his linebacker position. He added 23 receptions for 418 yards (18.17 ypc) and six touchdowns as a tight end. He led his team to an 11-1 overall record and was named the Conference Player of the Year, as well as Missouri's State Player of the Year.
Clayborn received double-digit scholarship offers from universities all over the country, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas Tech. Ultimately, he elected to sign with the Hawkeyes, citing an in-home visit as a key factor. "My mom just wanted to get to know the coaches to get a better idea of who I'll be with for the next four or five years," Clayborn said. "I've talked to Coach Ferentz before, but I wanted to see what she thought of him. She liked him a lot and she likes all of the coaches we've met at Iowa."
Clayborn enrolled at Iowa in 2006 and retained eligibility by redshirting as a first-year freshman. The next season, he was listed as a second team right defensive end following spring practice, lining up behind Kenny Iwebema. He was a key reserve along the defensive front and finished with 20 tackles (three solos), two sacks, 2.5 stops for losses, two quarterback pressures, a forced fumble, a pass deflection and a blocked field goal.
With the graduation of Iwebema in 2008, Clayborn seized a starting role at right defensive end. The sophomore started 11-of-13 games that season, and helped anchor a front four that ranked in the top-10 nationally against the run. He totaled 50 tackles (15 solos) with two sacks, eight stops for losses and a forced fumble, adding four pass deflections and two quarterback pressures.
Clayborn enjoyed a breakout season as a junior in 2009, starting every contest at right defensive end while serving as a permanent team captain. He delivered 70 tackles (36 solos) with 11.5 sacks and 20 stops for losses, as he added nine quarterback pressures, two pass deflections, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown.
Clayborn was a first team All-Big Ten Conference choice by the league's coaches and media and was named the National Defensive Performer of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards. He earned co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors vs. Michigan State after registering four tackles (three solos), two sacks, three stops for losses and a forced fumble.
Clayborn's most impressive outing came vs. Penn State in a game that catapulted him into the national spotlight. In the final frame, the Nittany Lions lined up in a tight punt formation from Iowa's 47. Clayborn rushed hard, blocked the kick and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown, giving the Hawkeyes the lead to lift them past the Lions. His heroic performance garnered Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors, as well as AT&T All-America Player of the Week accolades.
Clayborn concluded his junior season with brilliant performance vs. Georgia Tech in the FedEx Orange Bowl. He contributed nine solos tackles with two sacks and was named the game's Most Outstanding Player, as his play was crucial in securing Iowa's first ever Bowl Championship Series victory.
Clayborn entered his senior season with national acclaim. He was named to preseason watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award (Top Defensive Lineman), Bednarik Award (Top Defensive Player), Ted Hendricks Award (Top Defensive End), Walter Camp Award (Player of the Year) and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Top Defensive Player).
The defensive end failed to match the production of his junior season, but still turned in a solid campaign with 52 tackles (19 solos), including 3.5 sacks and seven stops for losses. He added six quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and a pass deflection. Clayborn earned Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in a 24-3 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions. The defensive end tallied a season-high 10 tackles (two solos) with one sack and three stops for losses.
He capped off his collegiate career by becoming the 21st Iowa Hawkeye to earn Consensus All-American honors and the first since Leroy Smith in 1991. He garnered a first-team All-Big 10 Conference choice for the second-straight season, and was the recipient of Iowa's Hayden Fry "Extra Heartbeat" Award.
Clayborn started 37-of-50 games at right defensive end for Iowa, including his last 30…Recorded 192 tackles (73 solos) with 19.0 sacks for minus 155 yards and 37.5 stops for losses totaling 207 yards…Forced seven fumbles and recovered another…Also blocked two field goals and one punt, returning the blocked punt 53 yards for a score…
Clayborn made 177 tackles vs. the ground game, limiting those runners to 175 yards (0.99 ypc), allowing just 12 first downs and three attempts for 10 yards or longer, as he also posted 23 third-down hits, one more on fourth-down and 20 tackles inside the red zone, including 10 on goal-line plays…Delivered a total of 45 tackles-for-loss (solos/assists) and stopped ball carriers at the line of scrimmage for no gain 13 times…Made 14 tackles vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to 44 yards (3.14 ypc) and two first downs on those receptions, as he made three third-down stops…Deflected eight passes, including one on a third-down…Added 19 quarterback pressures, including seven on third-downs and two more on fourth-downs…Also returned one kickoff for 19 yards.
Consensus All-American (AFCA, Walter Camp, AP)…All-Big 10 Conference first-team selection…Finalist for the Ted Hendricks (Top Defensive End) and Rotary Lombardi (Top Defensive Lineman) Awards…Member of Watch Lists for the Bednarik (Top Defensive Player), Bronko Nagurski (Top Defensive Player) and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards…Recipient of Iowa's Hayden Fry "Extra Heartbeat" Award…The defensive captain started the entire year at right defensive end, ranking ninth on the team with 52 tackles (19 solos)…Ranked third on the team and 15th in the conference with 3.5 sacks for minus 36 yards…Also placed third among Hawkeyes defenders with 7.0 stops for losses of 42 yards…Led a unit that ranked second in the league and sixth nationally, allowing just 101.54 yards per game on the ground…Forced one fumble and blocked one field goal attempt…Made 48 plays vs. the ground game, holding those ball carriers to 88 yards (1.83 ypc), as the defender limited those runners to five first downs while producing four third-down stops…Delivered six of those tackles inside the red zone, including four on goal-line plays, as he posted nine total stops (assist/solos) for loss and four tackles that brought down ball carrier at the line of scrimmage for no gain…Made four stops vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to just one yard on those receptions (0.25 ypc), as he made one third-down stop…Deflected one pass and had six quarterback pressures, including two on third-down attempts…Earned Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week vs. Penn State.
All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection from the league's coaches and media, adding third-team All-America honors from Phil Steele and honorable mention All-America from Pro Football Weekly…Recognized by the College Football Performance Awards as the National Defensive Performer of the Year…Received the Hawkeyes' Hustle Team Award for defense…The defensive captain started the entire year at right defensive end, ranking fifth on the team with 70 tackles (36 solos)…Led the Hawkeyes and ranked third in the conference and 10th nationally with 11.5 sacks for minus 87 yards…Also led the team with 20 stops for losses of 107 yards, the third-best total in the Big Ten and eighth-best in the country…Part of a unit that ranked fifth in the league and 34th nationally, allowing just 123.62 yards per game on the ground…Paced a front wall that ranked fifth in the Big Ten in sacks (2.38 spg) and sixth in tackles-for-loss (5.69 tpg)…Forced four fumbles and recovered another, as he blocked one kick for 53 yards and a touchdown…Made 69 plays vs. the ground game, holding those ball carriers to minus 5 yards (-0.07 ypc), as the defender limited those runners to just three first downs while producing 12 third-down stops and another on fourth-down…Delivered three of those tackles inside the red zone, including two on goal-line plays, as he posted 23 total stops (assist/solos) for loss and three tackles that brought down ball carriers at the line of scrimmage for no gain…Made one stop vs. the aerial attack, holding the receiver to just one yard on that reception, as he deflected two passes and added nine quarterback pressures, including three on third-downs and another on fourth-down…Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Penn State and Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week vs. Michigan State…Named Most Outstanding Player vs. Georgia Tech in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl.
Started 11-of-13 games at right defensive end, ranking 10th on the team with 50 tackles (15 solos)…Collected two sacks for minus 22 yards and ranked second on the Hawkeyes with eight stops for losses of 47 yards…Part of unit that ranked second in the Big Ten Conference and ninth nationally, allowing just 94.0 yards per game on the ground…Forced one fumble…Made 45 plays vs. the ground game, holding those ball carriers to 70 yards (1.55 ypc), as the defender limited those runners to just three first downs while producing five third-down stops…Delivered nine of those tackles inside the red zone, including three on goal-line plays, as he posted nine stops (assist/solos) for loss and four tackles that brought down ball carriers at the line of scrimmage for no gain…Made five stops vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to just six yards (1.2 ypc) on those receptions, as he made one third-down stop and deflected four passes, including one on third-down.
Played in 11 games as a reserve right defensive end behind Kenny Iwebema, as he finished with 20 tackles (three solos)…Totaled two sacks for minus 10 yards and 2.5 stops for losses of 11 yards…Delivered one blocked kick and a fumble recovery…Made 15 plays vs. the ground game, holding ball carriers to 22 yards (1.47 ypc), as the defender limited those runners to just one first down while producing two third-down stops…Delivered two of those tackles inside the red zone, including one on a goal-line play, as he posted four total stops (assist/solos) for loss and two tackles that brought down ball carriers at the line of scrimmage for no gain…Made four stops vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to 36 yards (9.0 ypc) and two first downs on those receptions, as he made one third-down stop, broke up a pass and added two quarterback pressures, with one coming on a third-down and the other on a fourth-down…Also returned one kickoff for 19 yards.
2009 Season…Clayborn was charged with assault causing bodily injury after he allegedly punched a taxi driver on Jan. 19, 2009. When the cabbie honked at him, police said Clayborn got out of his car, walked back to the taxi and hit the man. In March of 2010, Clayborn pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct. The simple misdemeanor is described in court records as fighting or violent behavior. He was fined $100. The assault charge was dismissed. Clayborn was represented by attorney Matthew Petrzelka.
No major injuries reported.
CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.75 in the 40-yard dash…32 1/4-inch arm length…9 5/8-inch hands.
Attended Webster Groves High School (St. Louis, MO.), where he was a four-year letterman on the gridiron for head coach Cliff Ice…The two-time first team all-state and all-conference selection recorded 240 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions on defense in his career…Totaled 42 receptions for 691 yards (16.45 ypc) and 10 touchdowns on offense…Racked up 103 tackles with three sacks, a forced fumble and an interception as a senior while earning all-state and all-conference honors as a linebacker and tight end…Named the Missouri and conference Player of the Year as a senior…Served as a team captain…Collected 78 tackles with two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception as a junior…Registered 59 tackles with one sack, a fumble recovery and an interception as a Sophomore…Also a four-year letterman as a power forward on the basketball team…Given a four-star rating by Scout.com, as that recruiting service listed him as the 18th-best defensive end in the country…Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, who ranked him as the eighth-best strongside defensive end in the nation and the second-best recruit in the state of Missouri…Chose to attend Iowa over scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas Tech.
Interdepartmental Studies major…One of seven seniors named to 2010 Leadership Group…One of one of four juniors named to 2009 Leadership Group…One of three sophomores named to 2008 Leadership Group…Parents are Tracie and Richard Clayborn…Born 7/6/88…Resides in St. Louis, Missouri.
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