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The Cardinal Countdown: 62 Days Until Kickoff

Florida State v Louisville

#62 Clayton Six

Class: Junior

Ht/Wt: 6-4/293

Position: Offensive Line

Hometown: Louisville, KY (Product of St. Xavier High School)

Twitter: @clayton_six66

Thoughts: Clayton was a nice add a couple seasons back in the form of a local walk-on who the Cards needed to build up offensive line depth. I’ve touched on this a few times now but I think most coaching staffs would agree that you need a mixture of 15-16 scholarship players and walk-ons at least in that O-line room to feel comfortable heading into the season when you’re moving guys around, looking at options, and allowing the ability for your team to be flexible in various sets or protections. Just for the sake of comparison I peeked at Clemson’s roster and they currently carry 20 offensive linemen, and Georgia is carrying 22…while that may be a tad overkill, those programs understand the importance of depth in the trenches.

I mentioned this last season, but Clayton played center in high school, and if you’re giving me the choice as to who I can pick as my walk-ons I want 3-4 centers if possible. Why? Because they are the coordinators on the field for not only the O-line but also assist in calling out coverage's and visualizing where the play needs to go. That experience and knowledge can translate extremely well into a room of lineman even if they aren’t seeing the field on gamedays each and every week. I read back in the Spring that Clayton was competing for some backup reps on the interior at either guard or his more natural position of center. I think a player like Nate Scheler, another St. X grad, surprised a few folks a couple years ago starting some games at that same center spot, so you never know what fall camp might bring in terms of Clayton and where he can look to contribute. While I wouldn’t pencil him in as a starter I think he is a guy that can provide relief up front in certain situations.

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