July 16, 2006

Moving forward

Kansas State running back Thomas Clayton, a 5-foot-10, 214-pound senior who was sentenced July 10 to 100 hours of community service and one year probation stemming from a scrape with the law last September, said he is ready to put a disappointing 2005 season behind him. But not before clearing the air on at least one subject the Alexandria, Va., native said contributed to his lack of production for the 5-6 Wildcats.

Clayton rushed for 637 yards on 137 carries and four touchdowns and will sit out the Wildcats' season opener against Illinois State on Sept. 2.

Coach Ron Prince issued the one-game suspension June 14 following Clayton's conviction June 9 of misdemeanor battery after the sports-utility vehicle Clayton drove made contact with an on-campus parking lot employee as Clayton backed out of the Vanier Football Complex parking lot Sept. 16.

While Clayton was disappointed by the suspension - Bill Snyder sat him for the North Texas game last Sept. 24 - he said the new coaching staff would help the Wildcats to succeed coming off a long 2005 season.

A year ago, Clayton indicated, coaches weren't a part of the solution.

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