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The best Bob Stoops-era Oklahoma football players:
No. 9, wide receiver Mark Clayton (2000-04)

by Jason Kersey Modified: July 15, 2013 at 10:05 am •  Published: July 15, 2013
Mark Clayton, left, was widely considered the greatest wide receiver in OU history until Ryan Broyles' standout career. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Mark Clayton, left, was widely considered the greatest wide receiver in OU history until Ryan Broyles' standout career. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

NORMAN — Continuing our look at the top 15 Oklahoma football players in the Bob Stoops era, we remember a two-time All-America wide receiver who held most OU pass catching records until Ryan Broyles’ standout career.

MARK CLAYTON
Jersey No.: 9
Position: Wide receiver
Years played: 2000-04
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Big 12 championships: 3
National championships: 1
Notable: Redshirted during OU’s 2000 national championship season. … Appeared in 51 career games, starting 35 of them. … Broke out with a six-catch, 65-yard performance in OU’s 14-3 victory over Texas in 2001. … Left OU with school records for career receiving yards (2,365), season receiving yards (1,425), receiving yards in a game (190 vs. Texas, 2003), receptions in a season (83), touchdown catches in a career (23), touchdown catches in a season (15) and career 100-yard receiving games (11). All of those records are now held by Ryan Broyles. … Recorded his most impressive stats as a junior, with 83 catches, 1,425 yards and 15 touchdowns. … Saw his senior-year numbers dip a bit (66 catches, 876 yards and eight touchdowns), but that can largely be attributed to OU adding superstar freshman running back Adrian Peterson to its arsenal.

THREE MEMORABLE GAMES

Oklahoma 37, Alabama 27
When: Sept. 7, 2002
Where: Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
Clayton’s day: Caught four passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the Sooners’ narrow home victory. … Clayton’s touchdown catches — a 32-yard pass from Jason White in the first quarter and a 51-yarder from Nate Hybl in the second after White left with a torn ACL — helped the Sooners take a 23-3 lead into halftime.

Oklahoma 65, Texas 13
When: Oct. 11, 2003
Where: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas
Clayton’s day: Caught eight passes for 190 yards and a touchdown in the Sooners’ Red River rout. … His yardage total represents his career high and was OU’s single-game record until 2008, when Juaquin Iglesias broke it. … The 190-yard outing now sits at fifth in OU history for single-game receiving yards.

Oklahoma 77, Texas A&M 0
When: Nov. 8, 2003
Where: Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
Clayton’s day:  Caught seven passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns in one of the most memorable — and controversial — blowouts in recent college football history. … Caught a 40-yard touchdown from Jason White on OU’s opening drive. … His 42-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter put OU up 21-0, and his 28-yard TD with 2:46 left in the first half made the score 42-0. … Didn’t catch a single pass in the second half.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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