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2016 Oklahoma Sooners Football Countdown To Kickoff | 9 Days!

Mark Clayton was one of the best to ever play his position at OU

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We’re down to single digits, people! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! We’re now only nine days away from the opener against Houston, so today is obviously set aside for Mark Clayton.

After redshirting during OU’s national championship season, Clayton made an immediate impact with the Sooners. As a freshman, he joined the likes of Antwone Savage, Curtis Fagan and Trent Smith in a crowded receiving core, catching 45 passes for 519 yards. He’d go on to catch a total of 221 passes for 3,241 yards and 31 touchdowns - all of which were OU records when he departed from Norman.

Clayton could pretty much do it all. He was outstanding in the open field, would win pretty much every jump ball, and didn’t have a ton of drops (his drop in the endzone against LSU still haunts my dreams, though). He was quite the punt returner as a junior and senior, as well. His 2003 campaign was absolutely phenomenal, with his big plays against Texas, his game clincher against Colorado, and his dismantling of Texas A&M. He’ll always be one of my favorite Sooners.