October 29, 2007

GoPowercat Q&A: Clayton Cox

Defensive end Clayton Cox became the latest Kansas State walk-on to earn a scholarship during this year's fall camp, and the senior has been worth every penny of his tuition as of late. The Weskan, Kan. native is coming off of a career game against Baylor last weekend, but the small-town hero took a short break from making a big-time impact to sit down for an interview with GoPowercat.com on Monday.

What were your goals when you came to Kansas State as a walk-on? Did you actually think you would have an impact?
I just wanted to prove that I could make the team. I've always wanted to play here. It's been a dream of mine to play at K-State since I was little. That was my motivation.

How old were you when you decided you wanted to play football at Kansas State?
In first grade, I got a John Elway jersey and a football helmet. I decided I wanted to play football right then. It's been a long time. I've always loved football.

When did you know it was K-State for you?
Basically, when they started doing well. When Coach Snyder started doing great things with this team, I was like 'That's it, I want to play on my home state's team.'

Did you have a favorite K-State player when you were a kid?
Not really. I liked the fact that there weren't a lot of big-name players here. That's what drew me in.

You played eight-man football during your high school days. What was the transition to the college game like?
It was huge. In eight-man, my coaches always told me to fly to the ball and make tackles. That was easy. I didn't have that much responsibility. As soon as I got to junior college, I learned what it was to play one position. I learned to contain myself and stay in the gaps. I try not to do too much now. It took me a while to catch on. I still find myself learning how to play this game sometimes.

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