In high school football there is so much turnover year to year and each season provides opportunities for new players to have bigger roles. For Grand Junction High’s Clay Payne that year is now.
He is this week’s athlete of the week.
With the graduation of quarterback Jax Nourse last year, the Grand Junction High Tigers found themselves looking for a quarterback and incoming senior Clay Payne took the reins.
“He was there all summer long preparing himself for it. He played it earlier in the program, but he didn’t play it last year. So he took it upon himself to come out and do all the things that were necessary," said head coach Mike Sirko.
Grand Junction finished the 2016 season with a 2-8 record and finished 4th in the 4A Longs Peak league. Headed into this year the Tigers will have to depend on young players in key roles on the grid iron.
Payne's teammates realize the effort he put in during the offseason have prepared him to lead the tigers into 2017.
"I love his work ethic. His work ethic is great. He will do anything. Whether it’s just to go throw a couple routes and get timing better. You know he is doing it all for us right now and I’m very appreciative, “said senior wide out Dante Gonzalez.
Grand Junction will kick off their 2017 season against rival central on September 1st.