October 6, 2008

Clayton answers call on depleted d-line

Sen'Derrick Marks was out. Antonio Coleman and Michael Goggans were both banged up. Somebody had to step up on Auburn's defensive line against Vanderbilt Saturday.

That somebody was Zach Clayton.

The sophomore, who played both d-tackle and d-end, finished the game with four solo tackles, two-tackles-for-loss and a sack. Most of his production came in the second half when AU was forced to play as many as six backups including two true freshmen on defense.

While AU fell 14-13, a depleted defense certainly held up its own in the second half holding Vandy to just one touchdown.

"We closed ranks and got done what we needed to get done," Clayton said.

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said Marks was day-to-day with a twisted ankle while Coleman and Goggans were both playing through minor injuries. He was certainly impressed how Clayton stepped up in their absence.

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