No Surgery For Clayton
Omar Clayton will be out 2-6 weeks with a torn MCL.
Omar Clayton will be out 2-6 weeks with a torn MCL.

Nov. 4, 2008

LAS VEGAS - UNLV sophomore quarterback Omar Clayton will not require surgery on his injured right knee but is out of action because of a torn MCL, the school announced Tuesday.

Clayton (Normal, Ill./Normal Community HS) was knocked out of Saturday's game vs. TCU early in the third quarter. He was injured while being tackled after scrambling for a five-yard gain. Rehabilitation typically lasts from 2-6 weeks.

UNLV head coach Mike Sanford announced that redshirt freshman Mike Clausen will take over as starting quarterback beginning this weekend when the Rebels host New Mexico at 7 p.m.

"We're very encouraged by the news that Omar will not require surgery and that he may even be able to play again this season," Sanford said. "Mike Clausen will start this week and based on what we have seen in practice and what Mike has done in games this season, we think he will do a tremendous job leading this football team."

Clayton started all nine games in 2008 and was on track for one of the finest passing seasons in school history. He has completed 152 of 258 attempts for 1,894 yards and just four interceptions. His 18 touchdown passes were the most in a season by a Rebel since 1997. He has also rushed for 163 yards and a score. The former walk-on ranks 41st in the nation for total offense with 228.6 yards per game and stands 30th in passing efficiency. Earlier this fall he set a UNLV record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception with 173.

Clausen graduated from John W. North High School in Riverside, Calif., and has appeared in six games and thrown at least one pass in five of them. Overall, he has completed 11-21 attempts for 110 yards and added two short rushing touchdowns at BYU last month.



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