Abilene Cooper QB Has a Cannon

With a flick of his hand, Clayton Nicholas can send an air-tight spiral sailing down the field, and that's something the junior did quite a bit last season. Read further to find out more about the 6-foot-3 signal-caller who threw for more than 3,000 yards in 2010.

Abilene Cooper enjoyed a tremendous 2010 season, winning its first nine games and posting an 11-2 mark overall. The Cougars' offense was led by junior QB Clayton Nicholas (6-3, 205. 4.71), who threw for 3,003 yards and 30 TDs.

"I'm a pro-style quarterback and people say I have a good arm," said Nicholas. "I have a quick release, I can read defenses, and I'm a student of the game. I have good leadership qualities. I consider myself as a second head coach on the field. One thing some people don't know about me is the fact that I can move around; I run a 4.71 in the 40-yard dash."

What does Nicholas have to say about recruiting?

"I'm getting interest from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, SMU, Rice, and Houston," he said. "I'm hearing from most of the Big 12. I don't have any favorites. I just want to try and play somewhere for college."

Nicholas went on to discuss Abilene Cooper's successful 2010 campaign.

"We had the best offensive line that's ever come through the school," he said. "We had three o-linemen who are going to play for Texas State, and they weren't big but they were nasty. Khloe Jackson and the other wide receivers made it easy for me. Khloe is the No. 1-ranked receiver in Cooper history; when I got the ball in his hands, he would make something out of it.

"The season went well, but we would have liked to have gotten past the third round of the playoffs. We lost to Denton Guyer and I didn't have a good game."

Nicholas threw three picks vs. Denton Guyer, but he only tossed a total of four interceptions in the Cougars' other 12 contests. The junior's season-high of 368 yards passing came against Midland Lee, and he accumulated 355 yards twice (vs. Abilene High and Wichita Falls Rider).

-Greg Powers-

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