20 Montell Clanton
Accumulated 344 rushing yards and two total touchdowns in 16 games played.
2008: Served as a reserve running back and specialist in the return game as a senior while continuing to come back from knee surgeries which cut both his sophomore and junior seasons short. Rushed for 111 yards in four games during the regular-season. Averaged 6.2 yards on 18 carries with one TD. Started the ISU and EMU games at tailback. Rushed for 61 yards on 10 attempts versus Indiana State with a one-yard touchdown run. Averaged 11.0 yards per attempt at Eastern Michigan, racking up 33 yards on just three carries with a season-long 28-yard rush. Carried five times for 17 yards in the season-opener at Minnesota. Also played in the Tennessee game.
2007: Started the first two games of the season before suffering a season-ending knee injury vs. Southern Illinois (9-8). Carried 13 times for 49 yards, including a 12-yard burst, in the season-opener vs. Iowa (9-1). Caught three passes for 12 yards in that game. Had a career-long 59-yard run for a touchdown rushed the ball 13 times for 91 yards and caught a 13-yard pass in that game.
2006: Saw action in three games before suffering a season-ending injury versus Buffalo. Totaled 12 rushing attempts for 102 yards and one touchdown. Averaged 34.0 yards per game and 8.5 yards per carry. Caught two passes for four yards. Carried twice for nine yards and had two receptions for four yards at Ohio State (9-2). Rushed 10 times for 93 yards, including 58-yard touchdown scamper, against Buffalo (9-16).
2005: Played in 11 games and rushed 21 times for 102 yards.Averaged 4.9 yards per carry with a season-long rush of 38. Also saw time on kickoff team. Carried nine times for 50 yards (5.6 average) against Tennessee Tech (9-17). Totaled seven attempts and 13 yards at Kent State (10-22). Second on team with 39 rushing yards on five carries, including 38-yard run, vs. Western Michigan (11-23).
High School: Two-time all-state selection and team MVP. Totaled school-record 2,805 rushing yards, ranking fourth on NIC-9 career list, and established school marks with 35 touchdowns and 236 points. Named team captain and MVP, first team All-NIC-9, special mention Champaign News-Gazette All-State, and first team Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 7A All-State as senior. Finished second in conference rushing with 1,318 yards and 13 TDs as senior. Set school season record and led conference with 1,488 rushing yards while totaling 20 touchdowns and 6.9-yard average as junior. Named team MVP, first-team All-NIC-9, and Honorable Mention IHSFCA All-State during junior campaign. Two-time football letterwinner. Three-year honor roll student. Recruited by Minnesota and Ball State.
Personal: Born May 10, 1985. Liberal arts & sciences major. Son of Edward and Betty Clanton. Fan of Barry Sanders. Made verbal commitment after sitting in Huskie Stadium stands during NIU's overtime victory over Maryland in 2003. Huskie Scholar earned his undergraduate degree from NIU in May with a 3.14 cumulative GPA.
CLANTON'S CAREER RUSHING STATISTICS
CLANTON'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Attempts: 13, twice, last vs. Southern Illinois, 9-8-07
Yards: 93, vs. Buffalo, 9-16-06
TDs: 1, three times, last vs. Indiana State, 9-20-08
Long Gain: 59, vs. Southern Illinois, 9-8-07