Getting in the swing during bye

Q&A Mark Clayton

January 10, 2007|By EDWARD LEE

Wide receiver Mark Clayton leads the Ravens in receiving yards (939), ranks second in receiving touchdowns (five) and is third in receptions (67). He has four 100-yard receiving games this season, including two last month against the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. His 87-yard touchdown reception against the Chiefs is the longest recorded by a Ravens player this season.

Were you upset with how your alma mater, Oklahoma, lost -- a hook-and-lateral play to tie the game in regulation, a fourth-down touchdown pass from a wide receiver in overtime and a Statue of Liberty play for the game-winning two-point conversion -- to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day?

Not upset. I was disappointed because you want your team to win, but it was such a good game that whoever won, deserved it. My hat's off to Boise State. ... For it to work in the sequence that it did, that was outstanding. What can you say?

What was the most fun thing you did on your bye week?

I went down and spent the week with my fiancee's family in Florida. Went golfing, had barbecue, the Florida weather was nice. Had a really good time.

What was your golf score?

I don't keep score. But I hit one 330 yards with the driver on a par-5. My fiancee's dad can vouch for it. I took all of it. Even I couldn't believe it. It was awesome. I just knew it was going because it was like the perfect takeoff and it kept going.

What's the mind-set of the team approaching the divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts?

From the beginning of training camp when everybody stepped through these doors, our goal was to be the best, the best team in the National Football League. Right now, we have a major step ahead of us. So we're focusing on preparing like we know how to prepare and when we do go out there, it's time to unleash and play with the intensity and fire and desire to get it done.

Edward Lee

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