Clayton wins inaugural Rudy Award

Senior linebacker Terry Clayton was named yesterday as the inaugural recipient of the Rudy Award in Anaheim, Calif.

Clayton beat out three other finalists for the award, which honors NCAA Division I student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment as members of their football teams.

Despite losing his hearing at age five, Clayton has been a part of the UK football team as a walk-on for the past five seasons and has been named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll twice.

The senior was presented with a $5,000 scholarship and a bronze statue.“I am very proud to have won this award,” Clayton said. “I’d like to thank God and my family for giving me the strength to follow my dream.”

Clayton played in four games this season and recorded two tackles.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Terry Clayton has won the inaugural Rudy Award and been recognized for overcoming his disability,” head coach Rich Brooks said. “Terry made great contributions to turning around our program. He is a hard worker, never late, and didn’t miss anything.

“He is a tremendous example of how to play the game of football. Clearly, he is one of the most respected players on our team. When our players hear this, they are going to be so excited.”