September 5, 2006

Clayton ready to run

Four days from making his debut for the 2006 season, Thomas Clayton made an interesting admission. Off the field, he likes to watch the Discovery Channel. And he has a keen interest in astronomy. Sidelined while serving a one-game suspension last Saturday, the brightest star during the first three games last season saw the Kansas State running game disappear quicker than Pluto. The senior running back expects to change that.

"Obviously, being a running back and seeing my team only rush for 44 yards, that's disappointing," Clayton said. "It should be disappointing to the whole team and the offensive line as well. Those guys ought to be motivated to make sure we're beyond that this Saturday."

Yes, K-State's ground attack was non-existent as first-year head coach Ron Prince unveiled his pro-style offense that gained 207 total yards. Behind sixth-year senior Carlos Alsup, junior college transfer James Johnson and true freshman Leon Patton, and behind an offensive line that had one of its poorest outings to date, K-State amassed 44 yards on 28 carries in its 24-23 win over Division I-AA Illinois State.

The K-State running game ranks 103rd nationally and is tied for worst in the Big 12 Conference as the Wildcats prepare for a 6:10 p.m. kickoff Saturday against Florida Atlantic, 1-0, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

"There are just some things that need to be corrected," said Clayton, who is listed as the starter for Saturday. "We're going to work on those things this week and come out on fire Saturday."

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