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With 12 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 12 on roster, Mr. JuJu Clayton. Clayton entered this fall with hopes of regaining his status as the team’s backup quarterback but so far, Mark Leal has proven he is simply the better option. I’ll admit that I have liked the progress Clayton has made this fall. He’s taken care of the football and showed more poise in the pocket. Only negative I’ve seen is when he tried to heave the ball back across the field in Saturday’s scrimmage. If Thomas goes down, I like what Leal will bring to the position. If anything happens to him, It wouldn’t scare me to put JuJu in the game but he isn’t the type to go win us a football game.
Weight: 220 lbs
High School: Hermitage High School
How Did He Get Here
Hermitage High School was very giving a few years ago with Tech swiping three players out of there in consecutive recruiting classes. Clayton was the first of those three to commit. With just an offer from Army in hand, Clayton eventually committed to the Hokies after landing a scholarship offer from them in December of 2007. The Hermitage signal caller gave his verbal on January 23rd 2008.
After spending the 2009 season as the backup, Clayton spent last year behind both Tyrod Taylor and Logan Thomas on the depth chart. Because of that, Clayton didn’t take any snaps in 2010.
With Leal winning the backup job, Clayton will once again find himself as the reserve QB on gamedays. Honestly, the Richmond native has taken some time to develop and just doesn’t have the tools to be a starting quarterback in the ACC. If he could improve his decision-making, I think JuJu could be a solid backup quarterback in this league. With five interceptions this past spring and another one on Saturday, I just don’t trust Clayton in a game situation yet.
Hopefully JuJu uses this as motivation to keep improving and keep honing his craft. You can never have too many quarterbacks on roster and if he can enter next spring with some more confidence and better decision-making, he could push Leal for the backup job once again.
His 80 yard touchdown throw to Marcus Davis in 2009.
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Failing to win the backup job this year.
Completely made up fact
In order to prepare for Fall camp, JuJu went out and bought the old ESPN NFL Football game for PS2 and played 10 seasons all with the QB helmet cam on. Props to those who get this reference.
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