Senior quarterback named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week.
UNLV: UNLV: A dangerous dual threat who heads into 2010 listed as the program's starting quarterback for the third straight season ... Looks to become only the third Rebel in history to start three consecutive season openers at QB ... Ranked the preseason No. 49 QB in the nation by Phil Steele's ... Named conference's Best Scrambler by Lindy's ... Already standing sixth in UNLV history in passing yards after playing just 27 games, he needs just 256 to move into school's career top five (4,997) and 652 to take over third place (5,393) ... Heads into 2010 as UNLV's career leader in passing percentage at .598 and second in lowest interception percentage at .031 behind only former All-American Randall Cunningham in that category ... Has thrown at least one TD in 21 of his 27 career appearances, including 18 of his last 20 over the past two seasons ... Tied with Sam King for third place at UNLV with 13 career 200-yard passing games ... The only Rebel to ever throw for at least 300 yards and rush for at least 100 in the same game (vs. CSU, 2007) ... A former invited walk-on who earned a scholarship in second semester of freshman season ... Earned Academic All-MWC honors in 2007, '08 and again last fall.
2009: Fully recovered from a knee injury that ended his 2008 season in Game Nine, Clayton was a preseason Second Team All-MWC selection by Athlon and ranked the No. 48 QB in the nation by Phil Steele's ... He threw at least one touchdown pass in his first five games played, which extended his streak to 14 games overall before he failed to do so vs. Utah - just one game short of tying for what at the time was the longest such streak in MWC history ... Tied for fifth in school history for 200-yard passing games in a season with seven en route to 2,230 yards overall, which ranked eighth in UNLV single-season history ... Also netted a career-high 238 rushing yards and three TDs on the ground ... Finished season ranked 46th in the nation in total offense with 224.4 yards per game ... Completed 13-17 attempts and 213 yards and a score in season-opening victory over Sacramento State ... Threw for a career-high 340 yards and 28 completions (on 43 attempts), which included a trio of scoring passes to go with another on the ground, in thrilling one-point win over Hawaii in Game Three ... Hit Phillip Payne from 15 yards out for winning score with 36 seconds remaining ... For his efforts, Clayton was named MWC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career on Sept. 21 ... Did not play at UNR because of injury ... Against BYU the following week he hit Michael Johnson for a career-long 75-yard scoring play ... Ran for a career-long 28-yard TD to help Rebels defeat Colorado State in Game 10 ... Closed his junior campaign by completing 21-35 attempts for 274 yards in victory over SDSU ... Ran for a seven-yard score and then hit Payne from 17 yards out with 84 second remaining to give Rebels a 28-24 comeback win.
2008: Despite missing the final three games with an injury, turned in one of the finest passing seasons in recent Rebel history and was voted UNLV's Offensive Co-MVP ... Completed 58.9 percent of his attempts while throwing for 1,894 yards and 18 touchdowns ... The TD total was the fourth most in program history and the most for a Rebel since 1996 ... Set the school record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception (173) as well as UNLV's single-season record for lowest interception percentage with .0155 (4 in 258 attempts) ... Was third in the MWC with a 140.5 passer rating, fifth in the MWC in passing yards per game with 210.4 and fifth in total offense with 228.6 per game ... Matched career-high three TD passes in the season opener against Utah State ... Tossed a pair of TD passes and had 191 yards at No. 13 Arizona State, including an eight-yard TD pass with 18 seconds left to force OT ... Matched his career high with three TD passes and also rushed for a score against Iowa State ... Posted three TDs for the second straight game to go along with a career-high 327 yards against Nevada, Reno. Also threw his first pick of the season, snapping a streak of 173 consecutive passes without an interception, which set the school record ... Toughed way through several big hits to throw for 321 yards and a TD at BYU, completing 26-of-40 pass attempts ... Left early in the second half against TCU after injuring his knee and missed the final three games.
2007: Walked on to the program in the preseason and quickly impressed the staff ... Worked his way from No. 5 to third on the depth chart to begin the season and eventually earned the starting position by Game Eight ... Started three games (CSU, at Wyoming and SDSU) before suffering a fractured hand, which ended his freshman season ... Completed 58-95 attempts for 618 yards and four scores on the year ... Also rushed for 179 net yards and two more TDs ... Set UNLV mark for highest completion percentage as a freshman with .611 (58-95) ... Saw his first action vs. Hawaii and completed three of seven pass attempts for 13 yards ... Scored his first career TD with a 31-yard scamper vs. the Warriors ... Came off the bench vs. BYU and hit all five of his attempts for 43 yards and marked his first collegiate touchdown pass with a five-yarder to Rodelin Anthony ... Named the starter vs. the Rams the following week, he fought off swirling winds to go 23-36 for 304 yards ... He tossed two scores but also three interceptions in the wild weather conditions ... Became the fifth UNLV QB in history to rush for at least 100 yards in a game, netting 135 yards on 19 carries ... His night included a 52-yard run and his total was the second-most ever by a Rebel signal caller ... The following week he played the entire game at Wyoming and hit 21-39 for 223 yards ... Started the following week vs. SDSU and completed five of his first seven attempts for 22 yards before a hand fracture ended his season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Normal Community High School ... Played his freshman and senior seasons running the I-formation for the Ironmen under coach Hud Venerable ... Led NCHS to the 2006 IHSA-6A state championship and a 14-0 record as he was named the Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph Player of the Year ... As a senior he completed 82-144 passes for 1,080 yards and 13 TDs while rushing 128 times for 630 yards (4.92 YPC) and 10 scores ... Named all-state and Big 12 Conference offensive MVP ... Had moved to Texas for his sophomore and junior campaigns and was part of the spread offense employed by Plano East HS, including leading the Panthers to a playoff win over Arlington in 2005.
PERSONAL: Omar A. Clayton was born on July 30, 1989, in Normal, IL ... The son of Dameon Clayton and Kelly Bradford ... Has three younger brothers: Charles, Tevin and Darius ... Majoring in political science.
RUSHING YEAR GP-GS ATT YDS AVG TD LG 2009 11-11 76 238 3.1 3 28 2008 9-9 67 163 2.4 1 21 2007 7-3 51 179 3.5 2 52 TOTAL 27-23 194 580 3.3 6 52